VIDEO: At first glance, you may not think the Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science Programs would have much in common, but the two one-year programs are linked.
The College of Southern Idaho EMS Program offers courses approved by the State of Idaho EMS Bureau in preparation for the National Registry of EMT’s Certification Exam. From there, students have options.
“Most of our EMT students come in and take the EMT class,” said CSI Public Safety Program Manager Dillon Brock. “Then, they decide ‘do I want to be a paramedic, do I want to be a firefighter or do I want to be both?’”
Should EMT students decide Fire Science is an avenue they would like to pursue, CSI’s program is three semesters long. Moreso than just coursework, however, this field lends itself to a certain type of personality. “I think that it’s a really rewarding job,” Brock said. “People get into this job because they want to help people.