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Twelve fledgling emergency medical technicians were graduated Saturday from the first EMT class offered in Trimble County since 1995.
Instructor Dianne Logsdon of Louisville, who is director of Stars of Life Qualification Services of La Grange, and her co-instructor, Mike Terrell, handed certificates to the new graduates during a ceremony Saturday, April 3, at the Bedford Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. The class had been meeting at the Bedford firehouse twice a week since November.
“This is their day to shine,” Logsdon said. “They’ve worked very hard for it, and they are very deserving of it.”
The new EMTs, who are from Trimble, Carroll and Oldham counties and Madison, Ind., now must take the National Registry Exam in order to become state certified and begin working ambulance runs.
Two members of the Bedford fire department completed the course – Michael Sparkman and Will McCoy, said BVFD Chief Mark Rexroat. Rexroat said several of the other graduates plan to volunteer to provide backup for Trimble County’s paid ambulance service.
“It tickles me to death”
to have the extra volunteers ready to come on board, added Rexroat, who also is on the county’s paid ambulance staff. “It’s great for the fire department. If they pull up on scene, they can perform treatment until [Trimble County EMS crews] get there. ... And it’s great for the community.”
In addition to classroom instruction, each student was required to complete a field internship, riding at least 24 hours with local ambulance services.
“I’m grateful to the county services in the area who allowed our students to do that,” Logsdon said, citing the Carroll County, Gallatin County and Louisville Metro departments.
Going on actual runs “is really important experience,” she said. “When you get out there with the ones who are actually doing it, it’s a whole new ballgame.”
The students were required to complete specific procedures during the ride-alongs, Logsdon said.
Handing out certificates, Logsdon noted that the EMT trainees were required to maintain an 80 percent overall score throughout the class in order to graduate. In presenting the first graduate, she congratulated Danna Ramsey for completing the course with a 96 percent average.
Receiving a standing ovation for completing the class was Johnathon Van Crafton of Madison, a member of the Jefferson County National Guard who worked hard to fit the EMT training in with his Army training.
“It was an honor to have him in class,” Logsdon said, adding that Van Crafton’s unit is scheduled to be deployed overseas in the near future. She said she hopes he can become certified so he can use his EMT training in the field.
Logsdon, an emergency medicine instructor since 1979, recently was named director of the emergency medical program for the University of Louisville College of Medicine. EMT training was added to bolster U of L’s paramedic program, which started this past year. To enter the paramedic program, a student must first become a certified EMT, she said.
Logsdon will be teaching another EMT class that starts May 3 in La Grange. That class still has openings, she said. Anyone wishing to sign up should call (502) 548-2389.
Rexroat said he would like to offer the EMT class in Trimble County again, and will do so if there is enough interest for it. Anyone interested in taking the class should call Rexroat at (502) 255-7529 for more information.