Graduates of Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Fire Science academy continue to maintain a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection state written exam.
academy continue to pass state licensing boards with blazing success. In fact, graduates of the last six cadet classes over the last three years, including the most recent graduates in May 2015, have maintained a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection state written exam.
The fire science technology program most recently added a flashover chamber in close proximity to LSC-Montgomery, which now provides students in the academy with the hands-on experience of fire, but in a controlled environment with the intent to enhance the program’s educational training.
During the nine-month academy, which leads to a basic structural firefighter certification, students develop the skills suitable for preparing cadets for a career in the fire service. The academy is extremely intensive and mirrors a “para military” structure, where cadets are expected to adhere to guidelines and work in teams.
Over the course of instruction, cadets will acquire approximately 750 hours of fire science learning, reinforced by top-notch instruction. The instructors not only provide the dedication and “burning” passion for the program, but also incorporate vigorous preparation for the state exam, integrating a weekly test into their schedule, to be completed in two-thirds of the time that the state exam requires.
“The program isn’t easy,” said David Griffin, director of the fire science program at LSC-Montgomery. “Cadets get out of the program what they put in it. They have to study and perform with competence.”
The academy, which offers day and night classes, introduces qualified graduates into the professional field; graduates have been hired by fire departments such as Houston, Conroe, The Woodlands, Montgomery, Spring, Beaumont and Willis.
For more information about the fire science academy at LSC-Montgomery, visit www.LoneStar.edu/fire-science-dept-montgomery; or contact David Griffin at David.K.Griffin@lonestar.edu.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45,between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 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 one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation. Dr. Steve Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball andLSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.