Pictured here are (from left, back row) Emily Shaw, director of secondary education and CTE programs for Montgomery County Schools; Wade Auman, Assistant Superintendent for Learning for Montgomery County Schools; Jamie Lynthacum, EMS technologies instructor for Montgomery County Schools , Mike Dutton, EMT-P, director, FirstHealth Montgomery EMS; Mary Russell, EMT-P, FirstHealth Montgomery, EMS;, Dan Barringer, EMT-P, supervisor, FirstHealth Montgomery EMS; Daniel Poplin, EMT-P, training officer, FirstHealth Montgomery EMS; (front row) and EMT students Alyssa Cummins, Kameran Christiana, Jesse Duncan, Lauren Jones, and MyKell Cagle.
Troy, N.C. — Students participating in the EMT course offered at Montgomery Central High School are now able to complete the required 48 hours of ambulance clinical time through a new partnership with FirstHealth EMS in Montgomery County.
“We are excited to partner with Montgomery County Schools to offer students the ability to obtain clinical ride time with FirstHealth EMS,” said Mike Dutton, EMT-P, director of FirstHealth Montgomery EMS. “There is such a critical need for EMTs, so we’re thrilled to help give students the opportunity to become emergency medical technicians as they graduate high school.”
The one-year EMT course is part of the Career and Technical Education programs through Montgomery County Schools. Upon successful completion of the course, students are able to take the state exam to become a certified EMT. Students must be at least 18 years old to obtain certification.
According to Jamie Lynthacum, EMS technologies instructor for Montgomery County Schools, the EMT course allows students to get a jump-start on an EMT career.
“Training to become an emergency medical technician can lead to a number of career opportunities in the health field, and this course provides a pathway for students who are interested in a career right out of high school.”
FirstHealth EMS is a nonprofit service that provides transports for 911 patients in each service’s respective county. With 40 ambulances and 200 employees, the FirstHealth Regional EMS System is one of the largest ambulance systems in North Carolina, covering more than 3,000 square miles.