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Does your child want to be a firefighter?

The Caroline County Department of Fire-Rescue and  Caroline County Public Schools have teamed up to enhance the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Program.

The program will be offered this fall at Caroline High School for juniors and seniors, said Caroline High Principal Harper Donahoe.

The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services is currently updating the curriculum and testing processes for all EMT programs offered statewide and Caroline High is offering the latest program in the region for this upcoming school year, he said.

Beyond the EMT program for students, Acting Fire-EMS Chief Mark Garnett said his department is including a more comprehensive emergency services program to include volunteer membership, real-world training and career development to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field.

During the 2012-2013 school year, a new Fire Sciences program will be offered that will enable students to be certified in firefighting and hazardous materials operations.

The knowledge and skills gained from both programs will set students on the right path to a siccessful career in the fire and EMS field, Garnett said.

The program will also lend experience to any student looking into the medical, emergency management or law enforcement fields, Donahoe said.

“The addition of a fire science program was the number one request from our students in a recent survey,” Donahoe said. “We are strongly committed to this educational partnership and look forward to offering this addition to our academic programs.”

These programs will be funded through a grant that was awarded to the Fire-Rescue department from the Department of Homeland Security.

For more information, contact the Department of Fire-Rescue and Emergency Management at 804/633-9831 or Caroline High School at 804/633-9886.

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