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OSU-OKC adds EMT option to Fire Academy

OSU-OKC adds EMT option to Fire Academy, extends enrollment deadline

Addition of EMT certification allows students to enter workforce sooner

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 20, 2020) – Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City has added an emergency medical technician certification option to its fall Fire Academy, paving the way for students to enter the workforce sooner.

In addition, the university has extended the enrollment deadline for the fall academy to Aug. 10. The deadline initially had been set for July 31.

The fall Fire Academy begins Aug. 17 and is an eight-week, four-day-a-week program that gives students all the firefighting certifications they need to gain profession in the fire services. Classes are held Mondays through Thursdays for the eight-week duration.

Students can now opt to add certification as an emergency medical technician (EMT), with classes held each Friday during the academy and for an additional eight Fridays after.

The 16-week timeframe is the quickest in the state that students can earn both their firefighting and EMT certifications and become qualified for employment, said Joe Bennett, director of the Fire Protection program at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC).

“For students who are motivated to serve their community and begin their career, this is the fastest way they can gain the skills and training required to enter the workforce,” Bennett said.

All of the fire and EMT classes in the academy are held during the day. For students not able to attend day classes, OSU-OKC also offers night classes, although those classes are not offered on an accelerated timeline like in the academy.

The academy is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, go to www.osuokc.edu/fireprotection.

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For more information: Nick Trougakos, OSU-OKC – nick.trougakos@okstate.edu – (405) 945-9196

About Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) is part of the modern land-grant system of Oklahoma State University. OSU-OKC is a two-year public institution, offering more than 40 degrees and certificate options. Through quality education, a supportive environment, leadership training and service opportunities, OSU-OKC trains students to work and educates them to lead. OSU-OKC graduates are found throughout the community serving as police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, healthcare professionals and business owners. More information is available at www.osuokc.edu.