Several local Volunteer Fire Department members across Jasper County on Thursday night, September 16, completed a three-month long Emergency Medical Responder class that was hosted by the Jones College Workforce Training Center.
The class began on July 1, and the volunteers met every week, twice a week for three months, ranging from three-to-four hours each night. During the class, members were able to gain medical knowledge that will be utilized to help the citizens of their communities.
Fire department members who completed the class include: Trudy Blake and Laken Walters of Bay Springs VFD; A.J. Morrison of Central VFD; Barrett Ingram, Mike Chancellor, Scott McNeer of Mossville VFD; Douglas Kelly of Jasper County EMA; and Ashley Aycock of Rose Hill VFD.
“Each of these members have selflessly sacrificed countless hours away from their families to gain this knowledge and to provide better medical care for their communities,” said Jasper County Emergency Management Director Hudson Jenkins. “Often times, when you are in need of an ambulance, these EMRs are dispatched and make it on scene prior to the ambulance to provide you with medical care until the ambulance arrives. EMRs are vital to our county and communities.”
The volunteers, according to Jenkins, still have one more test to complete. They will move on to the next step and take National Registry exams to further their education.
“If you have the chance to speak with any of these newly certified EMRs, current EMRs in the county, and of course, our Volunteer Firefighters in the county, please thank them for their commitment, dedication and service they provide to our communities,” Jenkins mentioned. “These Volunteer Fire Departments are always seeking new members. Reach out to your local fire department to see how you can make a positive impact in your community.”