EMT course to launch Jan. 6 at Lake Monticello

Press release

The Lake Monticello Rescue Squad will offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course beginning Jan. 6. Persons taking the course can become certified EMTs, qualifying them to volunteer with the squad or others, or to apply for professional EMT positions.

“This is a non-traditional course via an online platform,” said Rescue Squad Chief Eddie Shifflett.  He said students must have access to the internet, have CPR certification and be proficient in English. Classes meet Tuesday evenings 6-10 p.m. and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. some Saturdays. The 16-week course costs $1,195. (Scholarships are available through the Office of EMS).

“Getting your EMT has several benefits,” Shifflett said. “It offers you the ability to give back to your community.  And it also provides a skill and a national certification that can be used anywhere in the nation. If you’re looking for a career in emergency medical services, it’s the foundation.”

There’s a definite shortage of qualified EMTs, both at the national level and at the all-volunteer Lake Monticello department, Shifflett said. Volunteers staff Lake Monticello Rescue seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

More information is available at wshifflett@louisacountyrescue.org.

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