Special to the Citizen
Morgan County Fire Rescue personnel have been taking an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT) class taught by National EMS over the past three months to become certified EMT’s. The participants have received approximately 200 hours of instruction upon completion of the class which was made up of classroom instruction and a skills portion of the class. Students also had practical application of the classroom lectures by conducting ride a longs on an ambulance for several shifts. Completion of the class will prepare the participants to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for patients during emergencies.
Local firefighters that took the class and will take the National Registry exam include Russell Thrasher, Dusty Powell, Joshua Tinseth, and Brett Adams. These local guys along with participants from Greene and Oconee counties learned the basic skills for becoming certified at the state level to be an EMT. The training has been held at the Morgan County Public Safety Complex on Monticello Road.
Students studied a wide variety of skills and instruction including EMS Systems, Public Health Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues, Lifting and Moving Patients, Anatomy and Physiology, Airway Management, Vital Signs, Pharmacology and Medication Administration and Cardiovascular and Respiratory Emergencies. Upon the conclusion of this class the fire fighter participants will complete their certification by taking and passing the National Registry Test this month. The class was funded through a grant provided by Georgia Association of EMS and the Georgia Trauma Commission. This regional course including Morgan, Greene and Oconee counties was the first EMT class funded by the grant. Morgan County Fire Chief, Mark Melvin said, “We are excited to be the first area to be approved for this funding and it will greatly increase the capabilities on each fire department’s first responder services.” “We are very proud of our volunteers and career staff that attended this course as it was a time and effort commitment of both themselves and their families. Each community should be thankful for such dedicated personnel.”