Farmersville Fire Department has graduated its first-ever Fire and EMS Academy class.
The class concluded Tuesday, Feb. 11 after beginning Oct. 15, 2019. Class members were Jacob Nagel, Colton Frederick, Clay Hibbitts, Peyton Claterbaugh, Kyle Leonard, Deborah Beideck, Kyli Alvarez and Griffin Connor. They represented the communities of Farmersville, Josephine and Leonard.
Staff members who assisted include Assistant Chief Kevin Lisman, EMS School Administrator Mike Hudson, EMS Coordinator Joseph Brigandi, Primary Instructor Dan Tripp, Skills Assistant James Vaughn, Skills Assistant R.J. Grantham, Skills Assistant Nathan Hawkins, Fire Chief Kim Morris and Secondary Instructor Russell Chandler.
“We had a class last year through an outside company but had some problems with using an outside source,” Lisman said. “We thought it best to use our own and be responsible for our own paperwork.”
After successfully conducting Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training within the fire department, officials decided to tackle Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training next, which is a step up.
During the class, they taught anatomy, physiology, trauma and behavioral emergencies.
According to Lisman, the second class will start April 2 and wrap up in July.
“I just want to grow it and make it bigger,” Lisman said. “I hope to continue building on the program.”
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