Some people are lucky to live within minutes of hospitals while others are an hour or more away. Regardless of where you live, you want the best care while en route. Often, that care is provided by volunteers who have made great sacrifices to prepare for your care. Agencies are always looking for those interested in preparing to assist.
RESA 8 is offering two upcoming 128-hour emergency medical technician classes. Both classes are for EMT Basic classes. They will be at North Fork Rescue building in Riverton, starting April 6 at 6 p.m. with RESA 8 instructor Mike Alt. A second class, instructed by Bob Fisher, another certified RESA 8 instructor, will be offered at PCER building at Sugar Grove, beginning April 5 at 6:30 p.m.
There are no prerequisites, but participants must have a high school diploma or GED. Participants must be 18 years old at the time of testing for the class. Tuition is $150 for West Virginia residents. Books are $106. Other fees apply.
"Areas of West Virginia like Pendleton County are dependent on volunteers to provide emergency medical services. EMTs in rural areas often provide life-saving care to their patients at the initial scene and continued care during longer transport times to hospitals. RESA 8 Public Service Training is glad to work with Pendleton County Emergency Rescue to bring EMT training to these volunteers who offer such an important service to their community," said Dave Plume, RESA 8 public service coordinator.
For more information, call Plume at 304-267-3595 or 800-367-3728 or visit the RESA 8 website at resa8.org.