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Today’s Emergency workers face numerous challenges

By Staff | Sep 4, 2016

“There’s terror in our backyard now,”?Miranda DePyper said. DePyper is the EMS/Fire/Health programmer at the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.

“We will come to you,”?DePyper said of upcoming classes.

EMT Hybrid Class

The EMT?Hybrid class is designed to meet the busy schedules of working people.

DePyper said, “This is a hybrid class; GoToMeeting [teleconferencing app] will be used for lecture, while labs will be held at the Emmetsburg campus construction tech building, room 4108.”

The class is remote for Mondays and in-person for Thursdays, beginning Sept. 26 and finishing Dec. 19. The Spring semester, part 2, will run from Jan. 12 to April 10, 2017.

“Both fall and spring must be taken to sit for national boards,”?DePyper said.

The cost of $796.13 includes testing, books, registration, clinical and uniforms.

Firefighter certification

An organizational meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 to determine if there is enough interest to hold a class this fall. If there is a class, location will be determined at the Sept. 27th meeting. The organizational meeting is also at the Emmetsburg campus, construction tech building, room 4108.

If there is a minimum of 12 students who register, Iowa Firefighters Training Funds will pay the cost of the classes.

“There are lots of volunteers [in local communities],” DePyper said. “This will be a great opportunity for volunteers to build on their skills.”?

DePyper encouraged EMS workers and those in related fields to attend the 30th Annual University of Okoboji Emergency Medical Services Conference Sept. 24 and 25 in the Dickinson County Community &?Expo Building in Spirit Lake.

It is an opportunity for professionals to earn continuing education units (CEUs)?and attend courses from “Stressed:?it changes everything,”?to “Dead bodies in the water:?what is important for death investigation?” to “EMS is M.A.D. about opioid abuse in Iowa.”?

Governor Branstad recently signed into law an act that would allow EMTs and MEMRs to administer Intranasal Naloxone to patients who have overdosed on an opioid, including heroin.

“Today’s emergency workers face challenges like domestic terrorism [including mass shootings] and the epidemic abuse of heroin and other opioids,”?DePyper said, “as well as the fact that we don’t have enough volunteers to staff the departments in our towns and rural areas,”?DePyper said.

Additional courses coming up at the Emmetsburg campus include CPR?for new and renewing healthcare providers, including EMS, nursing, healthcare students and other healthcare fields.

Industry & layperson, heartsaver first aid will take place Sept 21.

Childcare providers’ first aid, including pediatric first aid and CPR is an online class with skills. “This is a popular onsite course. We have eight onsite classes set up already,”?DePyper said. along with Pediatric advance life support (PALS) to be held Oct. 22.

DePyper said, “Bring Iowa Lakes to your business or school and we will come to you and do your trainings.”?