Emergency medical technician training by EmergyCare will go hybrid in January, and not because of COVID-19.
EMT and Advanced EMT courses will be taught at EmergyCare’s Erie offices at 1926 Peach Street for in-person students in Erie and students participating remotely in Meadville and Warren.
The new hybrid instruction will allow EmergyCare to offer the courses even when there is a small number of students in any one of the three locations.
“Over the past few years, EmergyCare has offered an EMT training program in Warren but had to cancel due to lack of the minimum number of participants,” said Jim Kifer, education and training manager for EmergyCare. “With this new technology, EmergyCare is able to bring quality training to Warren and Meadville utilizing distance learning in a classroom setting with hands-on lab instruction at all the site locations at a reasonable cost to the participant.”
Lab instructors in Meadville and Warren will lead students through hands-on classwork.
The technology needed to simulcast the courses was purchased with a $189,042 federal Rural EMS Training Grant awarded to EmergyCare in September.
“It bought things like collaboration boards and cameras so that students in Warren and Meadville will be able to see and talk to the Erie classroom and so that the lead instructor will be able to see students in the outlying areas and interact with them,” said Karen Jakiel, EmergyCare’s director of community development.
The grant also provided the mannequins, backboards and other equipment needed for hands-on learning at all three sites, Jakiel said.
Meadville students will attend the classes at EMMCO West, at 16271 Conneaut Lake Road.
Warren students will attend classes at EmergyCare’s Warren division training center at 12 S. State St.
EMT class will begin Jan. 12 and continue through April 29. Cost is $515 plus materials.
AEMT class begins Jan. 13 and runs through April 7. Cost is $865 plus materials.
Students who complete the course will be eligible to enroll in hybrid paramedic training beginning in late spring.
Registration for both classes begins late this month at www.emergycare.org. Visit the website for information.
The Rural EMS Training Grant is from the Department of Health and Human Services.
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