Besides earning their diplomas from Fairfield High School, Emily Clotfelter, Emily Evans and Payton Poor all became EMTs this past weekend. The three students were enrolled in Mr. Tacke’s class this past semester. This class is taught in cooperation with the Teton County Ambulance and their director Deb Coverdell.
The girls started out taking Mr. Tacke’s Emergency Medical Responder class and then transitioned into the EMT class. In order to become an EMT the students must be 18 years of age and graduated from high school, completed a state approved EMT training program, possess a valid CPR/AED certification, and pass a practical and written state test.
After their initial certification the students can go on and gain additional certifications in other areas. A few of the areas covered in the EMT class include: Patient assessment, Airway management, Pharmacology, Shock, Medical emergencies, Trauma emergencies, Childbirth, EMS operations and General health care. Mr. Tacke is a retired EMT and has been teaching EMR classes in the school for the past 15 or so years. The EMT class has been offered for the past 4 years. It is great to get the young people involved in our community. This is an opportunity for them to really make a difference in somebody’s life. I am very proud of these three young ladies, they worked hard to become EMTs and I know they will make a difference.
Submitted by Loren Tacke