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SCC EMS-Paramedic program receives ambulance from Somerset-Pulaski County EMS

ABOVE: Students in the EMS-Paramedic Program at Somerset Community College and SCC staff and faculty gather around the ambulance donated to the program by the Somerset-Pulaski County EMS, with support and approval from the City of Somerset.
Somerset-Pulaski County EMS, with support and approval from the City of Somerset, recently donated an ambulance to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-Paramedic program at Somerset Community College (SCC).

The donation came about as Chief Billy J. Duncan of Somerset-Pulaski County EMS was looking at ways to help the community by addressing the shortage of trained paramedics. With Mayor Eddie Girdler's approval, the city was able to take a truck no longer adequate for emergency response and to donate it to the college. This donation will assist the SCC EMS-Paramedic program as well as the diesel mechanic program. This EMS unit that was donated has served the citizens of Somerset and Pulaski County well. The vehicle was purchased in 2006 and had over 200,000 miles when retired.

Tracey Franklin, the EMS-Paramedic program coordinator, said the ambulance will be used for skills training in the program.

It is wonderful to have a realistic setting in which to practice skills, said Franklin, a long-time paramedic who spent ten years with the Somerset-Pulaski County EMS and now works in the emergency room at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Lab practice is good, but having an ambulance to work in tests how well our students can manipulate their area and care for a patient before they enter the workforce.

Franklin said that adding the element of working in a small space, stopping and starting, moving, turning and other motion-related activities add another component to patient care. Learning to mix medications, start IV drugs and even take a medical history are all things that must be practiced and mastered during training.

This is a grassroots type of program, said Franklin. The people in this program have a strong desire to serve their community and donations such as this one from Somerset-Pulaski County EMS will help us train our students so they can be successful in this demanding field.

This is the third ambulance that has been donated to the program. The first two were from McIntosh Ambulance, Inc. in Jackson, Ky in 2013.

We are extremely grateful for these donations to our program, said Nancy Powell, dean of Health Sciences at SCC.

The SCC EMS Paramedic Program offers an EMS-Paramedic Certificate and also an EMS-Paramedic Associate of Applied Science degree. In order to enter the program, students must be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The program is being offered on the SCC Somerset Campus and a program is in the works for the SCC Laurel Campus. Twenty-two students are currently enrolled in the program.

For more information on the EMS-Paramedic Program at SCC, contact Franklin at (606) 387-3718 or e-mail at