To ensure area emergency medical technicians are able to continue providing vital services, Regional Education Services Agency 8 Public Service Training (PST) has made it possible for them to continue responding to emergency calls. Recently, 10 local EMTs successfully completed training and testing that will keep them saving lives.
Led by RESA 8 instructor Mike Alt, James W. Alt, David Ellis, Paul Hartman, Jeremy Hedrick, Emilie Hott, Tambyra Humphreys, Judy Rexroad, Jed Sponaugle, Sherry Wilfong and Melissa Sites participated in the courses coordinated by RESA 8 at the Franklin Fire and Rescue building.
The training RESA 8 provided gave the EMTs the knowledge they needed to pass the tests and renew their certification for another three years.
"EMTs are an essential part of our communities and RESA 8 is pleased to provide training that enables them to continue their work, which many times is provided as volunteer hours," said RESA 8 Executive Director Jane Lynch. "The individuals who completed the courses have a commitment to service they provide and we're happy to be a part of that."
Also, in order to pass the certification course, RESA 8 prepared participants for a 125-question written exam that required EMTs to demonstrate skills in the areas of patient medical and trauma assessment, bleeding control, shock management, baseline vital signs, medication administration, cardiac arrest, AED usage and airway management. For each of the practical skills, RESA 8 PST instructors evaluated EMT performance.
In addition to the recertification class and testing, RESA 8 provided EMTs with the required 24 hours of additional continuing education, which includes the West Virginia Mass Casualty Incident Management course and Hazardous Materials Awareness training.