Emergency Fire and Rescue
The Emergency and Fire Management Services major at ATA allows students to complete the South Carolina Fire Academy Firefighter I and Firefighter II courses. By passing the IFSAC certification test for these classes, students are eligible to become either volunteer or career firefighters in South Carolina and other states as well. Depending on the department, students will either be eligible to work directly after graduation, or will shorten their time in recruit school. Students in this program will also study Emergency Medical Responder skills and become certified in CPR.
I started in the fire service as a Volunteer with the Horry County Fire Department in January of 1991 and with Horry County EMS in November 1992 as an EMT. I become a National Registry Paramedic in June of 1995. Upon the merger of the Horry County Fire Department and EMS, I was in the First Recruit school in June of 2001 as a Firefighter/Paramedic. I was promoted to Lieutenant in December of 2001. During that time I worked my shift as well as helping with fire training of new recruits. I was promoted to Captain/Fire Training Officer in November of 2008. I began teaching the Emergency and Fire Management Services program in August 2009. At the time we were one of the only two high schools certifying students as Firefighters in SC. I then began to Pilot the first Career and Technology class from the South Carolina Fire Academy which is still the base of what we use today. My students have competed in the Skills USA firefighter competition since 2010. I have had students place first in SC in 2013 and 2015 and have placed every other year. The winners both went to Skills USA Nationals and in 2013 placed 4th.