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California Wildfires Stress the Need for Qualified Firefighters & EMTs

by Tim Brunicardi on November 26, 2018

As of Sunday, November 25, the Northern California wildfire has finally been contained after burning for two weeks. According to AP News, the wildfire is now the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century and has killed at least 85 people, and 249 people are still unaccounted for.

However, this disaster could've been much worse if it had not been for the efforts of the California firefighters and emergency medical technicians who risked their lives to contain the fires and bring aid to the victims.

Where Can I Get the Training I Need to Become an EMT or Firefighter?

Hocking College in Nelsonville, OH offers three programs that fall into the following categories:

What Will I Learn in the Fire & Emergency Medical Services Program?

Students who enroll in this program can graduate with an Associate of Technical Study in Fire & Emergency Services degree in two years. Students can expect to learn the following:

  • How to work within the confines of an EMT/Paramedic certification
  • Basic emergency rescue services
  • Hazardous material-oriented services
  • Maintain emergency-oriented equipment
  • Demonstrate public relations skills
  • Communicate with coworkers, supervisors, and the public
  • How to properly write reports

Where Can I Find Employment After I Get This Degree?

  • Municipal fire departments
  • Governmental & privately-owned emergency services
  • Industrial fire, health & emergency services

What Will I Learn in the EMT/Paramedic Program?

Students who enroll in this program can graduate with their Occupational Certificate in EMT/Paramedic in two years. Students can expect to learn the following:

  • Basic life support skills (CPR)
  • Advanced EMT skills
  • Advanced paramedic skills
  • How to drive an emergency vehicle defensively

Where Can I Find a Job After I Get This Degree?

  • Municipal fire departments
  • Governmental & privately-owned emergency services
  • Industrial fire, health & emergency services

What Will I Learn in the Firefighter Certificate Program?

Students who enroll in this program can obtain their Occupational Certificate in Firefighting in only one semester. Students can expect to learn the following skills:

  • How to react in emergency fire-oriented situations
  • Practice safety precautions
  • Develop decision-making skills
  • Operate fire trucks and a 100-foot bucket truck
  • How to perform basic life support (CPR)

Where Can I Find Employment After I Get This Degree?

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  • Volunteer fire departments
  • Municipal fire departments
  • Governmental & privately-owned
    emergency services

Where Can I Get More Information About Hocking College’s Programs?

Anyone interested in enrolling in Hocking College’s EMT program should contact the Program Manager, Robert Cornwell, by email at cornwellr@hocking.edu or by phone at (740) 753-6476.

For information on about Hocking College's Firefighter program, contact Lea Wandling.

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