(MEDIA ADVISORY: The 2021 graduating class from South Plains College’s Emergency Medical Services Program will participate in the celebratory event by shaving the beard of Jacob Braddock, program director and assistant professor of EMS following the graduation program. For more information, contact Becki Johnson, instructor in EMS, at 806.716.4802)


Emergency Medical Services class scores 100 passage rate on national registry exam

REESE CENTER – South Plains College’s 2021 graduates of the Emergency Medical Services  Program recently were notified of a 100 percent passage rate for the National Registry Examination on its first attempt. The class will graduate at 6 p.m. in Center for Clinical Excellence.

According to Becki Johnson, instructor in EMS, the class will commemorate the accomplishment by shaving the beard of Jacob Braddock following the graduation program.   

The graduates from Lubbock are Bryan Alvarado, Landry Brake, Jesse Edwards, Arnulfo Hernandez, Katelyn MacLean, Patrick Pantuso and Travis Zumwalt.

Area graduates are Douglas Anderson and Florisela Cisneros, both of Olton; Summer Hadderton of Crosbyton and David Warren of Plainview.

Graduates working in Clovis, N.M., are Michael Castello, Daniel Kirkland, Ashley Martin and  Aaron Phillips.


People‘s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to medical facility. 

EMTs and paramedics operate special equipment and generally work in teams, on ambulance or helicopters and are responsible for keeping clean, sterile and full of supplies. The specific responsibilities of EMTs and paramedics depend on their level of qualification and training. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifies emergency medical service providers at: EMT-Basic; EMT-Advanced and Paramedic.

EMTs work both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather and are required to do a considerable amount of kneeling, bending and heavy lifting. The work is not only physically strenuous but can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations. EMTs generally work 45 to 60 hours a week and are on call for extended hours because emergency services function 24/7.