(Cleveland) – In the Fall of 2022, White County Fire Service’s Training Academy started its first-ever Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) School. This program consisted of 220 hours of classroom training and 36 hours of clinical training. In April of 2023, the program graduated 17 students from White County Fire Services and other surrounding fire departments.

At that class graduation, White County Fire Service’s EMS Lead Instructor, Shad Sosebee, shared that the program received a 100% pass rate for both the classroom portion and the Psychomotor Exams. This was recognized as a major accomplishment for the program.

Now, the Georgia Department of Public Health has identified White County Fire Service’s Training Academy as a “High Performer” based on the success rate of their 2023 EMT Class. This metric evaluated the success of the students who go on to pass the National Registry Exam. From the EMT Class of 2023, 15 of the 17 students passed the National Registry Exam within three attempts.

This placed White County’s EMT class in the 88th percentile and distinguishing them as a “High Performing” class. The White County success rate of 88% is significantly above the 77% success rate for EMT programs statewide.

David Murphy, Director of White County Public Safety, comments: “This distinction is a testament to the quality of instruction and the hard work put in by the students. It is with great pride that we share that our EMT Class is identified as a High Performer.”

White County Fire Service’s second EMT Class is currently underway and will hold graduation in early December. White County Fire Services looks forward to continuing with the distinction of a High Performer.