Ambulance service adds five new members

The Mott Volunteer Ambulance Service has gained five new members after they completed the required course work this past winter.

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By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Mott Volunteer Ambulance Service has gained five new members after they completed the required course work this past winter.

Josh Bullinger, Heather Jahner, Jennifer Johnson, Kristie Klein and Amy Pikovsky all finished the required hours and are now certified Emergency Medical Responders. The course requires 110 hours as a minimum to finish the curriculum.

The Mott Volunteer Ambulance Service now has 20 members on its staff and they carry Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Emergency Medical Technicians-Intermediates (EMT-Is) and Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs), each with a valued level of expertise. Currently on staff they have two EMT-I, seven EMTs, nine EMRs and two drivers.

EMT-Is have some advanced life support training such as IV therapy, advanced airways and can administer certain emergency medication. EMTs are have training in basic life support including automated external defibrillation, can assist patients with certain medication and can use airway adjuncts. EMRs have basic training and can provide care before an ambulance arrives. They can also help within the ambulance during a call.

Emergency Medical Technicians require 120-150 course hours for certification.

The Mott Volunteer Ambulance Service operates out of the Mott Fire Hall and emergency calls are directed to the nursing home and dispatched from there. During an emergency call one EMT and one driver are required to be present during a call.

Carmen Schaible was recently voted on as squad leader, and she said the crew can always use new members.

“We’re definitely always looking for people to join,” Schaible said.

It is not necessary for a person to go through EMR training prior to EMT training, so If a person is not an EMR but and EMT class is scheduled, they can attend the training.

Right now Schaible said they are looking to book an EMT or EMR class sometime this fall, but a date has yet to be determined.

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