Calhoun EMS program leading the pack

The EMT program includes cutting-edge training equipment
The EMT program includes cutting-edge training equipment

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Enter the EMS area at Calhoun Community College and you see a mock up of an ambulance.  EMS services personnel says this program is second to none.

Dean Brett McGill is very proud of the program they put together.  He says there are three levels of instruction: entry EMT, advanced EMT, and paramedic.

"A lot of these kids leave and they go to medical school, they go to nursing school and a lot of them do end up in the paramedic program," said McGill.

He said they also offer dual enrollment EMT courses in the high schools. He said there are more than 100 students in multiple high schools.

Calhoun graduates are the primary provider for local employers. "We have an advisory board and they meet here twice a year; they give us an idea how well our graduates are doing," said McGill.

Educators keep up with the latest technological advances. That way when someone graduates, they're ready to get that first job.

"They can do 12 EKG's in the field. They can do interoscious, where they place the needle into the bone. Those things used to only occur on helicopter services and critical care transports. And now your average paramedic, they're doing those skills in an ambulance on the side of the road," McGill said.

And they're learning those skills here. "We bought a Lucas Device. The Lucas Device used to be called 'The Thumper.' It's a device that does CPR. But this device now, the technology is so much greater that when they put this device up against a person, the device can do CPR as well as a person. That was 12-thousand dollars," said McGill.

It's a sound investment for well trained, future health care workers.

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