Lone Star College System trains cadets from Houston Fire Department
Published on: October 16, 2013
When it comes to saving
lives, often times it’s the Houston Fire Department first responders who
administer critical medical treatment that can be the difference between life
and death. Where do these HFD Emergency Medical Technicians get their
training? Many turn to Lone Star College
Recently, LSCS partnered
with HFD to conduct a class with 65 cadets to help them further their careers
through emergency medical technician training that was held at LSC-North
Once classroom instruction
and clinical training ended, all 65 students were eligible to take the national
EMT-Basic certification test (12 were already certified). Of the 53 students needing certification, 51passed
the test on their first try – a 96 percent success rate. The remaining two
students successfully passed on their second attempt for an overall pass rate
of 100 percent. The average pass rate in
Texas is 69 percent of those taking the test that pass on their first try.
are fantastic” said Dr. Bill Drees, dean of instruction at
Drees pointed out that the
EMT education and training is critical for these students who will often be
first on a scene where someone requires immediate medical attention.
“Lives frequently depend on
the swift, skilled response of emergency medical technicians, including those
who work as firefighters,” he said.
Drees congratulated those in
the emergency medical services program at LSC-North Harris: James Kieke, director; Alicia McGee, lead instructor; and
Jennifer Briggs, clinical coordinator.
“My hat’s off to
them and the work they do. Not only did 100 percent of their students pass the
EMT exam, but the classes also had a 100 percent retention rate,” he said,
signifying that all of the class members completed the classroom work as well
as their clinical studies.
EMT-Basic training at
LSC-North Harris consists of two courses that combine classroom instruction, laboratory work, as well as
clinical studies which include:
- The skills necessary to perform a
comprehensive assessment of a patient which could include pediatric, adult,
geriatric, obstetric, psychiatric and/or trauma patients.
- The ability to serve as a member of a team in
a variety of pre-hospital emergency situations.
- Apply safety and operational principles in
Upon successful completion
of the classroom and clinical work, students are eligible to sit for the
national and state examination conducted by the National Registry of
Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Passing the test allows the
students to become EMT certified.
The EMT certification is
only half of the requirement to become a member of the HFD – students must also
pass an exam by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Thanks to the
curriculum offered at LSC-North Harris, cadets are obtaining their certification
much quicker which allows them to be out on the street serving the community.
“We’re extremely pleased
with the working relationship we have established with this group of Houston firefighters,”
Drees said. “The quality of our training enabled all of them to become
certified EMTs in Houston and serve the needs of our community.”
learn more about the LSC EMT program.
Lone Star College System has
been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS
remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.
Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more
than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher
education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system
in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which
consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery,
LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers,
LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park,
Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.