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February 14, 2018

Fauquier schools consider reviving EMT course

This is definitely training that will give students careers. It’s the hope that this course will build a pipeline of future employees.
— Career and Technical Education Supervisor Sarah Frye
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After a 10-year hiatus, the emergency medical technician course could return to Fauquier’s three public high schools next fall.

“We had EMT years ago, and it disappeared because of funding,” Career and Technical Education Supervisor Sarah Frye said.

The school system would partner with Fauquier’s emergency services department to hire an instructor and offer the class to students 16 and older, mostly juniors and seniors, Ms. Frye explained.

The idea stemmed from a discussion with county Fire/Rescue Chief Darren Stevens and the success of an independent study course. This semester, four high school students take an EMT class three days a week through the emergency services department.

The proposal would bring an EMT instructor into the schools.

“Anything we can do to get more young people interested in volunteering and the potential to enter into a career workforce, whether it be here or surrounding jurisdictions,” would help, Mr. Stevens said.

The demand for medics nationwide will grow 15 percent in the next decade, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates.

“This is definitely training that will give students careers,” Ms. Frye said. “It’s the hope that this course will build a pipeline of future employees.”

The class would prepare students to earn EMT certification.

A starting firefighter/EMT in Fauquier earns $46,000 a year. The county last month hired 22 more first responders.

“Several hundred new firefighter/EMT positions in our region opened up,” Mr. Stevens said. “If we can better prepare our students to be more competitive for those positions, it’s to our advantage.

“I would anticipate hiring between 12 to 15 (more) over the next few years,” he added. “We always have a high demand for people to enter into our volunteer workforce.”

Fauquier high schools offer a fire science course, with six students enrolled this semester.

Administrators would use existing funds for the EMT course, according to Ms. Frye.

Adding the EMT class would require school board approval. The board also will consider these new courses:

• Physical/Occupational Therapy I at Kettle Run High School.

• Advanced French Literature and Culture.

• Arabic IV.

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