TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Our area is experiencing a shortage of personnel with EMT training.
Samantha McCarty with Horizon Health said that she has seen a shortage of EMTs.
“There is a shortage,” McCarty said. ” We have experienced that and the one way we have found to combat that shortage is to essentially grow our own.”
The Terre Haute Fire Department is one group that will grow its own. They earned a certification to provide its own members and civilians EMT training at the department’s training facility.
THFD Fire Chief, Bill Berry, said that is something that he has wanted to achieve since his first day on the job and that this move is long overdue.
“We’ve got the facilities obviously,” Berry said. “We’ve got the paramedic instructors and we’ve got plenty of education and wisdom inside the department.”
Previously, those within the department had to look elsewhere for EMT training. Berry said that staff would have to work around an already busy schedule to complete the outsourced training.
EMS Chief, Diana Luther, spearheaded the effort to earn the training certification. She said that this shows the department’s commitment to the community.
“I think what really benefits the community is the fact that we can make sure that we’re providing a great service,” Luther said. “We’re not only a fire department, but we also provide emergency medical services as well.”
The department will hold its first class on August 16th.