Dual Fire Medic degree offered at NWTC
April 4, 2014
From jrn.com: “Dual degree offered at NWTC with new fire medic program” — A new type of training is being offered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is exactly what fire departments say they’re looking for. The program will offer training and real life experience in both fire safety and paramedic fields.
The enrollment window for this program just opened on Friday and the classes are already nearly 60 percent full. They will feature state of the art technology and dual training that will prepare students for real world scenarios.
“This is going to look like an emergency room department,” says NWTC EMS education coordinator Cal Lintz. He’s describing what will be the new addition to the tech college. These changes will be ready for the start of the 2014 fall semester. Among the changes, new manikins that will be programmed to be more life-like.
“They’ll have all bodily functions that will get the paramedic accustomed to the real out of hospital experience or at least as closely real as possible,” said Lintz.
The program doesn’t end there either. It will also include fire training. NWTC will partner will local fire departments to give students a feel for what life’s like on the job.
“Ride on board fire apparatus at the Green Bay Fire Department and experience that live fire ground operation,” said Lintz.
Dual Fire Medic training is extremely important for those looking to become a fire fighter according to Green Bay Metro Fire Chief Brent Elliott.
“Having the ability to provide that aid to people when they’re at their time of need as rapidly as possible is one of the most important missions that we do,” said Chief Elliott.
This dual education will make students more employable since they will be ready to work right after school.
NWTC says they are working to create other partnerships with surrounding fire departments before the start of the new school year.