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EMT class certifies six students for EMS services

January 24, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

An Emergency Medical Technician class hosted in Dysart by Ambulance Director Julie Scadden has certified six students as EMTs to address the lack of certified volunteers in Dysart and the area.

Of those certified as EMTs, four are are from Dysart, one from Traer and one fromm Garrison. Each service has their own requirements. For Dysart, Scadden will run the new EMTs and RN/Paramedic as a third person on a few calls before they are scheduled to be the primary care giver on calls.

"As an instructor, you always strive for 100 percent become certified, however, once the course itself is completed, it is up to the individual to pass the certification tests or even take them," Scadden said. "I feel like this class really worked hard and worked together to pass the course and ultimately test. They were great students and supported each other. I am pleased with the results and we are excited to add 4 new certified patient care providers to the Dysart Ambulance roster."

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Seven students of the Dysart EMS class passed their practical exam last month, with six becoming certified. Photo submitted.

When the class started in August, 14 students (eight from Dysart, two from Garrison, two from Traer and two from Waterloo) signed up. According to Scadden, Dysart also had a RN become certified through the RN-Extension with the state and is licensed to function on the ambulance now at the paramedic level. She took the class for the EMS education to better prepare herself to do patient care on the ambulance. Another student has not tested for her practical exam due to illness and will be planning to test in March and a student from Garrison took their written exam on Friday. One final student from Dysart passed their practical, but an injury is sidelining them from taking their test until a later date.

"The training requires dedicated commitment throughout 16 weeks including time for class and 74 hrs of clinical," Scadden said. "There is alot of information to absorb in a relatively short period of time and it requires time to study outside the classroom. We had three (one from Dysart, one from Traer, one from Waterloo) drop because they didn't feel they had the time they would need to complete all the requirements with their jobs and family. One from Waterloo moved to a campus class. We also look forward to having the two who have not been able to test yet, but will do so in the next few months and becoming certified."

The classes were started as Dysart only had six certified EMTs. With paramedics and the new trainees included, the staff now has 14 certified.

"Having more than one certified person available for patient care improves the care the patient is provided as well as relieving stress for the other members on the call," Scadden said. "It will also enable us to ensure more full-time coverage on the schedules and help with covering when someone is unable to take their call."

Scadden hopes to hold another EMT class In Dysart at the service again for new recruits to the Dysart Ambualnce and for any services in the surrounding area that might have people interested in taking the course. Ideally, Scadden hopes to host it in the fall again with 10 or more students.



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