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Indian Hills College has program to minimize EMS shortage

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Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 7:40 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -” EMS in particular, because the pay is not very good, tends to see fewer people go into the profession than what we need to fill the positions. It’s much easier for someone to go into another field in health care and make a lot more money than somebody in ems”, says Continuing Education Coordinator, Lori Reeves.

Because of this Indian Hills has teamed up with Van Buren County hospital to provide the training needed for EMS services in small local areas.

Reeves says rural areas tend to rely heavily on volunteers.

“And in those rural communities where they don’t necessarily have those ambulance services in a town where they live, it’s vital to have those individuals that can respond from home in a volunteer basis and this is providing that class right in the heart of one of our most rural areas in the state where it’s going to benefit them greatly.”

In an effort to make the program more accessible Indian Hills President Matt Thompson said in a press release the school dedicates $80,000 in scholarships a year for the program.

The current class of EMT students will complete training by the end of January and begin state certification exams on February 6th.

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