21 Firefighters Graduate from Paramedic Program

Front Row L-R (light blue shirts) Brandigayle Sadowski and Anisa Gannon (both with City of Milton Fire) Second Row L-R: Kristina Wigington (Instructor), Chad Wigington, George Mason, Robert Tompkins, Leighton Graham, Logan Hart, Matthew Johnson, Lucas Motes (Bartow County Fire) Back Row L-R: Williston Greene, Jonathan Futch, Asheton Collins, Scott Hoke (Bartow County Fire), Ben Hutchinson, Dalton Hamby and Randy Pierson (Instructor) Not pictured: Anna Bowyer, Bonn Ellerbee, Cameron Hubbard, Stacey Johnston, Logan Meadows, and Marnie Musgrave.
Lance Tompkins received the Star of Life Award
Shane West, Deputy Chief of Support Services, addresses attendees at the graduation ceremony.
Kevin Lanier, the Deputy Chief of Operations, addresses attendees at the graduation ceremony.
Nate Sullivan, Division Chief of EMS, addresses attendees at the graduation ceremony.

Twenty-one firefighters completed the Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services (CCFES) Paramedic Program last month. These students were recognized in a graduation ceremony on August 31, 2023, at Victory Hall at the Buzz, located in Veterans Park. The 2022-2023 CCFES Paramedic Program is in in-house accredited program that firefighters with CCFES and some neighboring fire departments are able to participate in to increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the pre-hospital medical field.

The paramedic program last over a year and includes 650 classroom and lab hours and 422 clinical hours for each student. Curriculum covered in the paramedic program includes anatomy and physiology, cardiology, medication familiarization, and various medical procedures. The program builds on Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training and teaches skills such as advanced airway management, EKG interpretation, medication administration, and other skills needed to perform lifesaving interventions to patients with medical and traumatic emergencies.

The class as a whole completed 3,839 adult patient assessments, 1,786 geriatric patient assessments, and 933 pediatric patient assessments. Skills performed by the class included 413 live endotracheal intubations, over 1000 endotracheal intubations in the lab, over 1400 medication administrations, and over 1600 intravenous (IV) cannulations.

Robert (Lance) Tompkins was recognized with the Jill Mabley, MD Star of Life Award for his outstanding achievements in the program. This award is named after longtime medical director for CCFES, Doctor Jill Mabley. 

Upon completion of the paramedic program, students complete a written and psychomotor exam administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Once certified by NREMT, students are able to become licensed to work as Paramedics in the State of Georgia.

Every CCFES ambulance is staffed with at least 1 paramedic per shift and many fire engines have paramedics working on them daily as well. The next CCFES Paramedic Program begins in November.

Posted : September 05, 2023

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