Published On: Thu, Feb 16th, 2017

Prospective EMTs are training to save lives

HARTINGTON —  People might not realize just how important the local EMTs are until they are involved in a medical emergency.
It is a big relief, area residents say,  when they see EMTs come running toward the scene after a 911 call has been placed.
A lot of training, time and dedication go into becoming an Emergency Medical Technician.
Twelve area residents are currently enrolled in an EMT class at the Hartington Fire Hall.
Bryan Young, a Certified EMS Instructor for Nebraska, is teaching the classes, which are through Northeast Community College.
Brent Hilspetter, Coleridge, said the classes are a lot of work, but they will be worth it, because being an EMT,  “is a way to give back to the community.”
An EMT is required to complete 156 ½ hours of classroom training, utilizing a 1,280-page textbook. Ten hours of field work are also required.
Field work includes five patient contacts when riding along on ambulance calls. Checking the equipment in the ambulance or helping with the maintenance can also be part of the field work, according to Young.
Young has the students talk about their experiences in the ride-alongs at the beginning of the class.
Alisha Stone has been on close to a dozen EMT ride-along calls since November.
“It is good for us to do. It gets us used to working with the local squad,” she said. “This is something I have always wanted to do but it just never worked out for me to do this before. It is a good feeling to know you will be helping people. I have lived here all my life. I know so many people here.”

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