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SCC Programs Come Together To Give New Life to Donated Ambulance

AmbulanceStudents studying to become paramedics at Somerset Community College have access to experienced professors, the latest study material, on-the-job instruction and other essential tools, but learning how to do their job in the back of a real ambulance can sometimes be tricky. To assist with the programs needs, McIntosh Ambulance donated an ambulance to the Emergency Medical Services Paramedic program at SCC several years ago. Recently the college was able to combine the efforts of multiple programs to spruce up the donation in order to provide students with real-life scenario training.

The donated ambulance was a retired Breathitt County unit, said SCC Paramedic Program coordinator Tracey Franklin, BA, NR-P. In order to make it user friendly for classes, Franklin said the ambulance chassis was cut in half so the patient compartment could be used in class. Karl Watson, SCC Welding program associate professor, and his students attached a tongue to the front of the box for easy hauling. They also repaired the exterior and reinforced the base.

AmbulanceThen, the colleges maintenance and operations staff worked together to clean the unit and make suggestions on how to make the moveable parts work better, said Franklin. At that point, the box was taken to the SCC Laurel Campus where Jimmy Smith, SCC associate professor of Automotive Technology, and his students were able to strip the old lettering, paint the exterior, apply new vinyl lettering and add missing marker lights to the exterior thanks to vendor donations. The welding class at the SCC Laurel Campus also assisted with welding new metal in the front of the vehicle and rebuilding the bumper. Finally, new blue paint, also donated, was applied thanks to EMS-Paramedic student Robert Mounce.

Now, the EMS-Paramedic program has two of these units, one in Somerset and one in London, which allow students to train in real-life scenarios, said Franklin.

AmbulanceThe students become accustomed to working in confined spaces with low lighting, said Franklin. We try our best to have these boxes prepped the same way an actual ambulance is stocked so that students develop muscle memory when performing skills.

The EMS-Paramedic program is offered on both the Laurel and Somerset Campuses. For more information, contact Franklin at (606) 387-3718 or tracey.franklin@kctcs.edu.