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Emergency Medical Professionals honored this week

For 36 years the American College of Emergency Physicians 
has been honoring medical personnel who are on the front line of emergency care.

For 36 years the American College of Emergency Physicians has been honoring medical personnel who are on the front line of emergency care.  This year’s theme, “A Proud Partner in Your Community” illustrates the selflessness and commitment emergency medical professionals bring to their jobs every hour of every day of the year.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College provides training for emergency medical technicians and paramedics. 

“We’re very proud of our EMS graduates and the service they provide to our communities,” said Associate Dean of EMS & Fire Steve Mackiewicz.  "A majority of the EMS workers in this state do so out of a sense volunteerism, of giving something back to the cities and towns that they live in. 

“We’re also very proud of the role we play in the communities that we serve throughout the 11-county WITC district,” Mackiewicz added.  “We provide the education and skills these students need to respond to emergencies and to help save lives. Wisconsin is a great state to live and work in. Our role in EMS and fire training in the WITC district makes it even more so by providing a stable workforce of EMTs and firefighters to serve our communities."

 Nationally, there are around one million EMS professionals who provide lifesaving care to people in their communities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 19 percent by the year 2016.

 To help meet the demand for qualified emergency personnel, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will be offering a new EMT-Paramedic program in fall.  The EMT-Paramedic program is a one-year technical diploma that will offer an opportunity to further one’s professional EMS career. The program is based upon the U.S. DOT Administration/Wisconsin Bureau of Local Health Support and EMS Curriculum - Paramedic Technician Curriculum. It will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to work competently as an EMT-Paramedic. It offers additional certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation.

 The program consists of classroom lectures via IP Video and practical skills labs, laboratory simulations, and hospital and pre-hospital clinical experiences. There is limited space available at each of WITC’s four campuses, located at Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior. 

 For more information regarding WITC’s EMT-Paramedic or EMT-Basic programs, contact WITC at 800.243.9482.  Or log on to