Kiwanis Club Gets Schooled on LSC-O’s EMS Program

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Rickey Land believes there’s no reason why every person shouldn’t know CPR.

As the Director for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at Lamar State College - Orange, Land is more than qualified to know the importance of the life-saving measure as well as many other aspects of emergency medical care.

Land shared his knowledge with the Kiwanis Club of Orange, TX, Thursday afternoon where he discussed the benefits of the recently revived EMT program at LSC-O.

Since starting in 2010, Land said the program has about 15 students per semester with plans for expansion within several years. In its first graduating class, the program had 9 students.

The EMS Program at LSC-O features a state-of-the-art classroom that can seat 60 students and is accompanied by a lab, as well as many training tools, including a $22,000 computerized mannequin that actually bleeds.

LSC-O’s EMT program offers instruction for two of the four levels of EMT training, including Emergency Care Attendant, which requires 40 hours of classroom training and the EMT-Basic, which requires 140 hours of classroom and skills training as well as time spent working in a clinical setting and on an ambulance.

The EMT Basic class is offered during each fall, spring, and summer semester and students must have a 75 average to pass the course. Once they pass the course, they take the National Registry Exam to become certified as an EMT.

“With that certification, students can work anywhere in the country,” Land said.

Additionally, LSC-O’s EMT program was recently approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services to begin offering the EMT Intermediate training, which requires 160 hours (three semesters) of training in a classroom, skills, clinical, and ambulance training, as well as, knowledge of advanced techniques.

That program is expected to open to students at LSC-O by 2016.

Land said he would like to offer the EMT paramedic training at LSC-O sometime in the future as well, but wants to get the EMT Intermediate class off the ground first.

Land, who has been a certified EMT since 1974, said the EMT career is an exciting one that is in high demand in the area.

In his long career, Land helped create the Bridge City Volunteer EMS in 1978 and joined the Orange County Ambulance Service in 1980.

But, Land said, EMTs are not restricted to only working on ambulances. The EMT certification can lead to careers working in chemical plants, fire departments, law enforcement and other healthcare fields, including hospitals and doctor’s offices. Land said the certification can even spring board students into a higher level of entry into the military.

“There’s a lot of opportunity,” he said.