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Lamar County fire department expands their Advanced Life Support Program

LAMAR COUNTY, Miss.(WHLT) - Lamar County is looking for more volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics to join their team.
 
For almost a decade the county has been working on a fire department Advanced Life Support (ALS) Program.
 
Beaver Lake Fire Chief Andrew Pylant explains Lifeguard Ambulance covers Lamar County’s 500 square mile area with three 24 hour ambulances and one 12 hour ambulance. 
 
To supplement Lifeguard’s Emergency Medical Services, Lamar County volunteer fire departments respond medical personnel to medical emergencies.  Currently the county’s volunteer fire departments have three Career Firefighters/Paramedics and six Volunteer Firefighters/Paramedics, but officials want to increase these numbers. 
 
Lamar County Fire Coordinator George Stevens states Lamar County Firefighter/Paramedics can provide lifesaving procedures just like an ambulance crew, bringing ALS to the scene of a medical emergency often times before ambulances arrive. "The Firefighter/Paramedic can provide lifesaving procedures including starting IVs, opening airways, and administering most of the lifesaving drugs available to an ambulance crew”
 
Certification courses for EMTs generally take six months to complete and Paramedic training takes usually takes two years to complete.
 
Anyone interested in learning more about the program or volunteering with Lamar County should contact George Stevens at 601-270-7525. 


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