EMT classes to train those looking to get into the field

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The emergency medical services (EMS) field has seen a drop in employment due to resignations from burnout as well as retirements. 

The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology center is looking to help turn this trend around by offering EMT classes to train those wanting to get into the field. 

“A lot of it is geared towards the day-to-day operation of the ambulances checking ambulances off equipment checks and things like that also as well as doing a good assessment on all your patients,” said Wilcox. 

The program is open to everyone, even those without a specific interest in perusing an EMS career path. 

“They take it just for their general knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation. We have a lot of people that have family members that have different medical conditions and they want to know what to do if something should happen,” said Wilcox. 

The EMT program is 150 hours long with 48 hours of clinical work. 

A former student turned volunteer and current employee at South Scott County ambulance Mason Laymon says the emergency medical services field needs more people. 

“There are people who are always going to have emergencies and there’s got to be somebody to answer the call. So it’s always good to have that medical knowledge on hand even if you don’t want to work on an ambulance,” said Laymon. 

With the need growing Laymon hopes that others take part in classes like these, because there will always be a need for someone to be there when there are emergencies. 

“There are people are always going to have emergencies and there’s got to be somebody to answer the call so it’s always good to have that medical knowledge on hand even if you don’t want to work on an ambulance,” said Laymon. 

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