Wiregrass Recognized as “Top College Where Grads Save Lives”


September 4, 2013

Fire Science logo

Valdosta, GA - Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has been recognized for graduating students who go on to life-saving careers. FireScience.org (Fire Science Online) has released its list of the 100 Colleges Where Graduates Save Lives. According to the announcement “the colleges and universities on this list have dedicated a significant portion of their resources to training EMTs, firemen and women, and other first responders. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ranks among the very best schools for future first responders with an impressive 8 first response programs.”

In the creation of this list just under 7,000 first response programs across nearly 2,500 colleges and universities were reviewed. Each of these schools had, on average 2.7 first response programs. Only the schools with the most programs – no less than 7 – made the list, providing they met the following criteria:

  • Fully-accredited schools only
  • Public and private schools included
  • Two- and four-year institutions included
  • U.S. (and its territories) colleges only

"First response careers hold a special place in society today, and require dedicated and highly trained men and women," said Matt Davis, managing director of Fire Science Online. "These 100 colleges help students transition from life-changing courses to life-saving careers. With the employment of first responders growing so rapidly – 33% for EMTs and paramedics between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – colleges will need to offer more first response programs to train the men and women who will fill those jobs. Therefore, it's important to recognize the schools already doing their part to train the next wave of first responders.”

Wiregrass offers associate degree, diploma and technical certificate of credit programs in Fire Science Technology, Firefighter/EMSP, EMS Professions, and Criminal Justice. “Every day, first responders put their own lives on the line to ensure our safety,” stated DeAnnia Clements, dean of professional services. “At WGTC, our faculty take personal pride in making sure that students have the hands-on skills and knowledge to perform their best while on the job. The training the students receive ensure graduates have skills, knowledge, and credentials to serve in these critical careers.”

To find out more about Wiregrass first responder programs, visit www.wiregrass.edu. Wiregrass B Term classes for Fall begin October 16. New student applications are being accepted now.

About Fire Science Online
Fire Science Online is a not-for-profit organization that provides free information about fire science, firefighting, and other first responder education and careers. All information and tools on the site are free and easy to access. These features include lists of the top fire science professors in various subjects, information about how to become a firefighter, and a comprehensive list of very fire science degree program in the country.