Valdosta firefighter recruits to train at the South Georgia Medical Center

Valdosta firefighter recruits to train at South GA Medical Center1
Posted at 12:21 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 10:08:20-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - Eight members of the Valdosta’s Fire Department recruit class will spend two weeks training at South Georgia Medical Center as part of their Emergency Medical Technician course.

The VFD, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and SGMC have partnered together to provide a comprehensive EMT course.

VFD requested that the recruits complete the EMT course before entering their fire fighting training.

As part of the course, recruits participate in extensive classroom lecture and skills training at WGTC. Upon completion of the classroom phase, participants receive clinical training at SGMC’s Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery Unit, Pediatric Care Unit and Mobile Health Care Services.

Additional EMS training will be conducted at Community Ambulance in Cook County.

SGMC Chief Development Officer Bill Forbes welcomed the students to hospital on Thursday.

After the completion of the clinical phase, students will sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians written and practical exam and upon successful completion be licensed by the Georgia Department of Public Health as EMTs.

Recruits will then enter a comprehensive firefighter training program taught by the Valdosta Fire Department as part of the initial firefighter credentialing process.

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