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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Westport EMS Launches New Driver Program

Ever been interested in volunteering at Westport’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service but don’t have time to take the lengthy Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course? Now there’s a new role you can play � ambulance driver.

Westport’s EMS has launched a new category of volunteers �EMS Ambulance Driver, according to Deputy Police Chief David Heinmiller.

“EMS drivers are an integral part of the EMS response team and the creation of this new volunteer position allows current, highly-trained EMT and paramedic crews to devote all their time to patient treatment,” he said.

In addition to being trained to drive emergency vehicles, these volunteers will be responsible for the inspection and minor maintenance of the ambulances, he said. They also will assist crews with scene safety, equipment and supplies, and patient movement.

EMS drivers may elect in the future to transition to an EMT crew member following completion of an EMT course and State of Connecticut certification, Heinmiller said.

Interested individuals in good health, with a good driving history, and who are 21 years of age should submit an application to Westport EMS at 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880.

Applications may be downloaded from the Westport EMS Web site, at EMS headquarters, or by calling (203) 341-6030.

Volunteers do not have to be Westport residents, Heinmiller said, adding, “We gladly welcome residents of neighboring cities and towns.”

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Posted 07/28/05 at 01:43 PM  Permalink



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What a super idea….....this should definitely up the number of persons that can assist our wonderful EMS medical staff. Many can take advantage of this change in policy. I would advocate giving it a try. What a wonderful way to be a part of Westport.

Posted by Ann Marie Flynn on July 28, 2005 at 06:27 PM | #