New EMT course will start later this month
The Jamestown Emergency Medical Services is offering an emergency medical technician training class for anyone willing to join the JEMS.
The course normally costs about $700 but the fee will be waived for anyone who completes the course, passes the exam and joins and commits to a duty shift with the JEMS. The Jamestown Fire Department has agreed to provide space for many of the classes.
The classes begin on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and end around April 8. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with a break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2.
Jason Umbenhauer, a Warwick firefighter with family on the island, teaches the 18-week class. Several other island experts in the field of emergency response will assist him.
The all-volunteer emergency medical service needs additional qualified EMTs to maintain optimum service. Qualified volunteers receive a property tax abatement and shift stipend. Emergency transport is free to island ers.
For more information and to register, call Keith Godena at 423-0062 at the Jamestown Fire Station.