The Roundup -

New Recruits Needed For Richland County Ambulance Service


October 7, 2020 | View PDF

Ambulance in front of ER Entrance.

Sidney, MT – Sept. 30 – The Richland County Ambulance Service is looking for compassionate, hard-working, dynamic individuals to become members of its life-saving service. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training class will start in early November and will finish the end of March.

The course includes classroom participation and offers hands-on skills stations that work to develop teamwork skills and prepare students for real life emergency situations. "We set up stations where the trainees come in and assess the situation, treat and stabilize the simulated patient, and prepare them for transport to the hospital for additional care," said Danielle McGahan, Richland County Ambulance Service Co-Director. "We try to be as hands on as possible." Students also participate in ride alongs and work an ER rotation.

EMTs are an essential part of the healthcare system and vital to patient care. The chances of patient survival in a medical emergency situation increase in direct correlation to the speed with which care is administered. Richland County is fortunate to have ambulance services spread throughout the county with ambulances located in Fairview, Lambert, Savage and two in Sidney, and to have more than 40 dedicated volunteers from all four communities. More trained EMTs in a community results in faster response times in emergency situations.

"Our EMS system relies heavily on the continued support of Richland County communities to provide volunteers," stated Lana Watson, Richland County Ambulance Service Co-Director. "Due to the large call volume, we are seeking people with the desire to be in the midst of a fast-paced and rewarding opportunity that has a visible impact on our community."

The on-call schedule for Fairview, Lambert and Savage is accommodating to personal schedules. EMTs that are available when the call comes in are the ones who will respond. "This schedule is convenient for the EMTs, but we need a lot of volunteers in each community in order to make it work," stated McGahan.

Jennifer Dore, Sidney, took the EMT course last year. "Becoming an EMT had always been in the back of my mind and helping people has always made me happy and is part of who I am," stated Dore. "Taking the course when I did was just a timing thing for me really, and since I have accomplished my goal of becoming an EMT, I feel like I can contribute more to our community as a whole."

People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to signup for the upcoming course. The current EMTs make themselves available to help mentor and answer questions that the trainees may have. Instructors offer additional skills and practice sessions when needed. "We really want everyone to succeed and are willing to help in any way we can. The better training that they receive, the stronger our service will be," stated Watson.

Individuals interested in this EMT training can call Danielle McGahan at 406-488-2105 or email her at [email protected] Class size is limited, and an application must be filled out and returned by Oct. 23.


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