First-Ever High School EMT Class Still Has Pulse

The program received strong public support from community members


 
 

BOB SWANSON, The Lebanon Daily News | | Friday, February 10, 2012


MYERSTOWN, Pa. -- The Elco school board is considering plans to continue, at least in some form, the Emergency Medical Technician certification program at Elco High School.

Elco's was the first high school-based EMT course in the nation, district officials have said, and the class has been in jeopardy since teacher Dave Kirchner stated his intentions to retire at the end of the school year.

The program, which affords students the opportunity to earn their EMT certification and is also an academic science course, received strong public support from community members at last month's school board meeting. The community as a whole expressed support of the program not only because of its value to students, but because of the value to the community since it has trained a number of local EMTs.

Superintendent Richard Nilsen told the school board this week that he supports the continuation of the program - even if it costs the district more money.

"This will affect staff as well as the budget," he told the board. "It will cost additional money."

The primary challenge facing the district is Kirchner's unique credentials. He is certified by the state Department of Health as an EMT instructor but is also certified by the state Department of Education as a science teacher. The board recognized that few replacement candidates, if any, will possess such credentials.

Elco plans to request special approval from the Department of Education to continue the program, with a certified EMT instructor receiving a unique certification from the Department of Education so students may continue to earn science credits while taking the class.

Nilsen also shared with the board that he and Kirchner have had discussions about Kirchner's returning next year to teach the class as an hourly employee while the district searches for long-term options to preserve the EMT program.

The subject is expected to receive further debate at the school board's meeting Monday night.
 



Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, high school, EMT course

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Fire Breaks Out on New Jersey Hospital Roof

Four-alarms in Bayonne for roof top blaze.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting, EMS Audio

Edited audio from the Parliament Hill incident.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Illinois Ambulance Service on Chopping Block

Peoria Heights EMS depends on property tax vote.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Kentucky Firefighters, Medics Drill for Ebola

Lexington firefighters and medics prepare for possible patients.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting Incident

Solider is shot by gunman at national memorial in Ottawa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Life Link III Trauma Tactics Conference in Minnesota

Conference was designed to enhance the skills of providers of all levels, covering rescue and prehospital situations, to transport and in-hospital treatment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS Tailgating

Rigs converted for football.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >