For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2009
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN, Va. – Vincent McGregor Jr., an emergency medical services (EMS) instructor at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered paramedic. Few paramedics hold this distinction.
To maintain his status as a nationally registered paramedic, McGregor must complete a comprehensive recertification program for emergency medical technicians every two years. In addition, he completes a minimum of two hours per month of continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
McGregor, a Frederick County resident, became a nationally registered paramedic in 1984. Prior to joining LFCC as an instructor and program director for the College’s EMS Program, McGregor worked for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for more than 24 years. He retired from the department in 2005 as the captain/shift commander.
LFCC offers two career studies certificates: Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate (three semesters) and Emergency Medical Services – Enhanced (one semester). Both programs prepare graduates to sit for the Virginia Office of EMS certification exam. Upon state certification, individuals may volunteer or be employed in first responder settings, either alone or in conjunction with fire services. LFCC’s EMS Program is accredited by the Virginia Office of EMS to provide training.
The NREMT serves as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of nationally-certified EMT professionals.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.