EMS Graduate follows her dreams as a first responder
SAVANNAH – Logan Warren, 23, has always dreamed of caring for people in the medical field. She wanted a career with excitement that allowed her to work outside of a medical office. She found a great fit with training as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
After a year of instruction, last night she received an Emergency Medical Services Professions diploma from the College. She had previously been awarded technical certificates of credit for Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. Prior to enrolling at the College, she earned a GED diploma in 2012.
She graduated at STC’s commencement ceremony at the Savannah Civic Center with 300 graduates receiving degrees, diplomas and GEDs. The College has awarded 602 degrees and diplomas for students that completed coursework from summer 2016 through spring 2017. Also, 210 GED diplomas have been earned during that time.
While first-responder training runs in her family with both father/grandfather volunteering as first responders, Warren worked retail customer service jobs before enrolling at the College. She continued to work a 40-hour week while enrolled as a full-time student. Soon after her training began, EMT faculty encouraged her to work as a wheelchair van driver for Medics. Once she completed her EMT (Basic) training and certification, she started work at United EMS for non-emergency/everyday transport.
The EMS program presented job opportunities in the field to students throughout their training, according to Warren. She said her employers offered her a flexible schedule to accommodate her classes.
“Logan has always strived to learn more than what is taught in her textbook. With her confidence, compassion and caring, she understands going beyond providing patient care, or the art of EMS,” said STC EMT Instructor Lahoma Patton. “The Art of EMS is about creating a connection with each patient. Showing respect and treating individuals as they would want to be treated.”
Savannah Tech offers programs for Emergency Medical Services and Paramedicine Technology through its Health Sciences division. Offered at the Savannah campus and on post at the Fort Stewart Army Education Center, the EMS faculty members are practitioners as well as teachers.
Warren said EMT training gave her confidence to work in the EMS field. She said first-responders may traditionally be male roles, but her guidance from Patton, encouraged her.
“Being a woman in this industry is a really hard thing to do. Mrs. Patton showed me how to be confident and stand my ground as a female,” Warren said. Patton told students, “You’re just as good as everyone else, if not better. It’s okay to be who you are and do what you want. Just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you can’t do what everyone else does.”
Warren’s husband, Brandon, is a specialist in the U.S. Army working as a power plant mechanic on helicopter engines and is currently enrolled in STC’s Fire Science program. She will join him this fall for the firefighter program, as well to earn a second diploma for EMS/Firefighter. She plans to work in the field to gain more experience and return in the future to earn a Paramedicine Diploma.
“I’d love to go work with fire and be on an ambulance,” said Logan. “I have a connection with people – so much empathy – I want to have a full range to do whatever I’d like as a first responder to help people.”
To learn more about EMS/Paramedicine training at Savannah Technical College, visit www.savannahtech.edu/EmergencyMedicalServices.
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