The Starke County EMS staff has been busy with ongoing training. EMS Director Travis Clary gave the update during Monday’s Starke County Commissioners meeting.
“Our paramedics were re-certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. They obtained the two-day certification at Ivy Tech in Valparaiso. We also hosted a K9 training with the local police and fire departments with excellent collaboration. Our crews also attended the driving simulator at the Starke County Highway Department and we trained on the new ventilator and BiPAP and the new report writing software,” explained Clary.
In addition, a few members attended a unique training experience in South Bend last week.
“Four of our paramedics, including myself, got a pretty neat opportunity on Friday to go up to a cadaver lab in South Bend. Normally, it’s $500 per student and it’s in southern Indiana. We received some scholarships for us to go up there. It was free for us to kind of do some skills that we normally – you can’t train on a mannequin to do chest tubes and chest decompressions and things like that. It was a great opportunity.”
He also noted that the new ambulance should be in the county’s possession the first part of March.