HOUSTON, TX — Lone Star College-Kingwood presents The Fire Science Technology program to offer a day and night Fire Academy starting this fall.
After completing three short semesters, students will become certified firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians.
“Currently, firefighters are deployed throughout the state to staff COVID vaccination sites, which is making a huge difference in the lives of millions of Texans,” said David Teverbaugh, a fire science professor at LSC-Kingwood.
As reported by Teverbaugh, there are over forty departments that are actively recruiting, and it has been steady for the last decade. In Texas, entry-level salaries range from the low $40,000s to the mid $60,000s, and firefighters/paramedics can expect salaries from the mid $50,000s to the high $70,000s.
The Fire Science Technology program offers a level 1 certificate that students can receive in two semesters. In addition, they can earn an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in fire science after two years and transfer to a four-year university with an associate degree such as Texas A&M-San Antonio or West Texas A&M.
Applicants for the fire academies must be eligible for college enrollment and pass a sports physical and criminal background check.
Once they are in the program, students are expected to wear heavy protective gear, work in extremely hot environments and perform physically-taxing work. They will also learn to operate fire streams, perform all types of rescues, use the Jaws of Life, power saws and other firefighting equipment.
For more information or to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit www.lonestar.edu/kingwood.
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