POINT PLEASANT — EMT training classes are returning to Point Pleasant.
Classes begin on Aug. 18 at the Mason County 911 Center at 911 Emergency Drive, just off of W.Va. 62. An EMT is a person who is trained to provide emergency medical services to patients who are being taken to a hospital.
The cost, which is set by RESA III, is $395 for the entire course which ends on Dec. 23 and will include 150 hours in class. These classes are scheduled to take place in the evenings to accommodate those who are working throughout the day.
Karen Jones, Mason County EMS operations chief, said she hopes the classes will result in certifying some much needed EMT’s.
In the more recent past, many of those who wished to receive their certification to become an EMT had to travel to Guyandotte to receive that training. Now, Mason County EMS has brought the classes back to Point Pleasant, has met the criteria to offer those classes and has an instructor in place.
Those who enroll in the course will eventually take a practical exam and do “hands on” exercises in things like CPR, backboarding, splinting and more. Jones said receiving EMT certification could help those interested in the field move on to become a paramedic.
This is definitely a job which can turn into a career, Jones added. Those who pass their certification typically go through a background and drug test as well before being hired.
The goal is definitely to produce a class of certified EMT’s with Jones saying Mason County EMS is always looking for qualified personnel to do the job.
For those who wish to sign up for the classes, call Jones at 304-675-6134.