By Kristine Kern
We in the Adrian area have been blessed with caring, compassionate and capable EMTís on Adrian Ambulance squad. The Adrian Ambulance crew average about 140 calls per year, these dedicated men and women need help keeping this important public service available. The recent loss of volunteers has caused a desperate shortage of EMTís on the Adrian Ambulance Squad. Ideally the crew would like to have sixteen EMTís available to carry call, right now they have twelve. The squad is facing the very real possibility of not being able to cover shifts. If they are unable to cover enough shifts the state can force the Adrian Ambulance Program to be shut down, a reality that many smaller ambulance crews are facing. If the Adrian Ambulance is out of service the calls would be transferred to Luverne or Worthington, adding extra time to the arrival of help.
EMT classes begin in September, with most of the course taken online. You are required to take some Saturday courses in Jackson to complete your certification. A bridge course for First Responders requires 80 education hours and for those who have to take the full course it is a total of 120 hours. To take call you are required to be within four minutes of the fire hall. Special arrangements for overnight housing can be made for those who live further away but would like to become a volunteer.
If you are interested in becoming an EMT or have questions about becoming an EMT call Ray Konz, President of Adrian Ambulance Service, at 483-2447. Every volunteer can make a world of difference when someone is in need of the Ambulance Service.