Jackson County’s TCAT campus will begin its first basic EMT school starting next week.
EMS Public Information Officer Derek Woolbright said participants will learn the role an EMT plays in an emergency response.
“EMS is a good profession to get into,” Woolbright said. “One aspect of it i guess is the medical field. There is always jobs in the medical field. It is a field where you have quite a bit job security.”
Woolbright said students will study things like air wave management and cardiac care. Once completed, Woolbright said participants can take the national registry test and become a licensed EMT.
“That will allow them to be able to work on an ambulance,” Woolbright said. “It also qualifies them to go on to advanced EMT school if they choose to further their education.”
The course begins Tuesday with limited seats available. Classes begin at 5:00 p.m. four nights a week through June. Woolbright said Jackson County EMS is promoting the class to help with a statewide EMT shortage.
“I work EMS full time, and I would encourage someone to become interested, because it is a good job,” Woolbright said. “You get to help people, especially if you are from this area and help people that you know. Also, it is kind of fun. You don’t know from one day to the next what you will be walking into when you go to work.”
You can enroll online on TCAT’s website. Woolbright said you can also call Jackson County EMS for more questions.