by jamesc 3/21/2014 1:01:19 PM --
NORFOLK – Students in Northeast Community College’s EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and paramedic program now have the opportunity to take part in additional hands-on experience with a new piece of equipment. College officials have accepted the donation of a 2004 Osaage Type II ambulance from Norfolk Ambulance Service, Inc. The company is owned by Ardith Kutchera. Several of Kutchera’s present and past paramedics are all graduates of the Paramedic program at Northeast.
“The donation of this ambulance will greatly enhance our on campus emergency medical technician and paramedic classes,” said Doug Dekker, director of emergency medical services and the paramedic program at the College. “Currently if an on campus class wants to practice skills inside an ambulance, those scenarios have to be simulated in a classroom. This ambulance will also allow the program the opportunity to conduct demonstrations at high school or college career fairs.”
“I’m very thankful for the program at Northeast,” said Kutchera. “My son took the paramedic classes here and now current students are going to have the opportunity to have additional experiences in a working unit. We are very pleased we can help.”
Kutchera’s son, Mike Wanke, is a paramedic for Norfolk Ambulance. “Initially, Ardith and I were both thinking about donating this ambulance to the program, but never said it out loud to one another. It’s for a good cause and it will help students with additional hands-on experience. I know it will be put to good use.”
Dekker said people’s lives often depend on the quick reactions and competent care of emergency medical technicians and paramedics. “EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility. The Northeast Community College Paramedic program provides students with the required knowledge and skills to care for patients who are injured due to trauma or suffer from medical problems. Instructors not only teach, but work as paid professionals in the paramedic field.”
After successful completion of the paramedic program, students will be eligible to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians’ certification exam, and acquire a Nebraska license to practice as an advanced provider.
The program is approved through the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure. EMT-Basic is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Northeast paramedic program.
For additional information on the program, contact Dekker at (402) 844-7720.
Some of the members of the emergency medical technician and paramedic program at Northeast Community College sit in the back of an ambulance donated to the program by Norfolk Ambulance Service, Inc. Pictured (from left) are Trever O’Brien, Kathryn Showalter, Danielle Gallup, Devin Pekny, Tyler Johnson, Dane Harley, and Ethan Smith.