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Fact BoxWant to be an EMT?Beginning this fall Iowa Lakes Community College is providing a paramedic science program.

For more information contact Gene Haukoos at 712-362-4221 or Iowa Lakes Community College, Steve Dobbins at 1-800-242-5108.This is the 36th Annual National EMS Week.

The theme this year is "EMS: A Proud Partner in Your Community." The more than 13,000 certified EMS providers in Iowa are ready to provide life-saving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Access to quality emergency care from the nearly 900 authorized services in Iowa dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.Annually, Iowa EMS providers respond to over 240,000 calls for assistance.Gene Haukoos, director of the Estherville Ambulance Service, said, "This past year volunteers from Estherville Ambulance Service responded to 555 calls.

Of these 227 were emergencies, 166 non-emergencies, and 162 were patient transfers from the local hospital to another hospital."The ambulance service traveled 32,352 miles providing care to area patients.

During the same period, hundreds of hours of community service were provided.

This included countywide drills and first aid training with ELC students and CPR training to employees of the city, county, and the general public, and also medical coverage for sporting and community events.The volunteers who make up the Estherville Ambulance Service are a dedicated group whose only interest is the community's well-being.

Fulfilling the emergency medical needs of area citizens has been a full time job for Haukoos, who holds the following distinctions: NREMT-P, PS, Fire Fighter One and ambulance supervisor.EMS providers are Iowa's critical link in offering emergency health care to citizens and visitors.

EMS personnel who volunteer their time and skills to serve our community are: Dale Baruth EMT-B, Cole Beardsley EMT-PS, Jay Chrestiansen driver, Richard Crees EMT-I, Travis Fisher EMT-B, Rick Haase EMT-FR, Avis Haukoos EMT-B, Brad Held EMT-B, Jeff Kautz EMT-B, Jeremy Korver EMT-B, Lisa Lowe EMT-B, Joseph Lybarger EMT-B, Jeff Merrill EMT-B, Mark More EMT-B, Matt Reineke EMT-B, Tracy Richard EMT-B, Kevin Pernick EMT-B, Travis Sheridan driver, Whitney Shupe EMT-B, Steve Smith PS, James Tendal EMT-B and Blaine Ukasick EMT-I.A special thank you to the volunteer's families for sharing their loved ones with the community.The Emergency Medical Services of Emmet County have formed a countywide collation made of the Armstrong, Estherville and Ringsted Ambulance services, Wallingford First Responders, Emmet County Emergency Management Services, Emmet County Public Health, Avera Holy Family, Iowa Lakes Community College, area law enforcement, fire, local and county governments.Haukoos said, "With meetings every other month they plan, train, drill; work on grants and any other countywide issues of safety, care and protection.

This is one of only a handful of counties in Iowa that has this type of countywide team."The Estherville Ambulance Service celebrates 56 years of service, and with the continued support, insight and leadership of community leaders such as the Emmet County Board of Supervisors, the Estherville City Council and the city administrator along with a motivated volunteer staff, the Estherville Ambulance Service has been able to continue upgrading the emergency medical care of area citizens.Haukoos sends a special thank you to the police, sheriff, fire, public health and emergency management departments for their help in the past year."I would like to thank the doctors, nurses and support staff at Avera Holy Family, also Dr.

Jim Creech for volunteering to be our medical director.

With his guidance we will continue to provide quality care to our patients."Beginning this fall Iowa Lakes Community College is providing a paramedic science program.

"First you become an EMT-B and then pathways are provided to the National EMT-I and National EMT-P.

The next EMT-B class will start August 2008," Haukoos said.For more information contact Haukoos at 712-362-4221 or Iowa Lakes Community College, Steve Dobbins at 1-800-242-5108.
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