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Local EMT class graduates 17


Seventeen individuals recently finished their Emergency Medical Technician training put on by the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department.

The class started Feb. 25, with 23 signed up. The 17 finished the class in early June.

The class included online lectures, studying and testing for 120 hours, six one-day sessions of practical skills, hands-on and scenarios with instructors and practice patients.

Individuals in the group spent at least 10 hours of internship on ambulance calls or in emergency rooms.

The 17 who finished the course are scheduled to take their National EMS Registry Test to become Washington state-certified emergency medical technicians.

The course was authorized by the Washington State Department of Health, EMS and Trauma Section, and conducted by the local Ambulance Educational Group Public Emergency/Fire Educators, under the North Central Emergency Care Council Training Agency Program.

Eight current members of the local ambulance services provided help as evaluators and instructors. Six other senior EMS instructors and evaluators who did not participate in the class came and conducted the impartial practical-skill exams.

The class was funded in part by a special gift of $2,000 made by a private citizen from Coulee Dam, who felt it important to get behind local emergency service volunteers.

“She has needed the services in the past and wanted to help make sure they were available in the future,” said Grand Coulee Fire Chief Rick Paris.

The respective agencies also provided funding.

The students are affiliated with Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee and Creston; Wilbur Volunteer Ambulance Services; Lincoln County Fire District 8 - Almira; and Colville Tribal Emergency Services.

Those completing the course were: from Coulee Dam - Mackenzie Abel, Andrew Deelstra, and Mara Landrum; from Creston - Amanda Hopkins; from Grand Coulee - Loryn Alexander, Nic Alexander, Dan Esmond, Judah Pope, Robert Sternberg, and Heather Williams; from Wilbur - Amanda Starzman; from Colville Tribal EMS - Joseph Hawkins, Kurtes Tarbush, Janessa Esquivel, and Subrina Harrison; from Lincoln County Fire District 8 - Sarah Neiman; and from Moses Lake - Nick Simonson.

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