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January 21, 2017
Kennesaw State University Staff Complete Emergency Medical Response Training

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan 21, 2017) — In a collaborative effort with MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service, ten Kennesaw State University staff and students completed Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Training.  Emergency Medical Responders will be located throughout the KSU campus and ready to provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. EMRs can also provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport if needed. Emergency Medical Responders are a vital part of a comprehensive EMS response. Under medical oversight, Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.

“Completing this 40-hour training class makes our campus better prepared, and at the same time, is an excellent opportunity to enhance personal and community safety,” said KSU Emergency Management Director Andy Altizer.

Certified instructors with Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service organized and taught the classes.  Each participant is now eligible for certification by National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).  Funding for the program was administered through the Georgia Association of EMS (GAEMS) with funds from the Georgia Trauma Commission.  At graduation, each participant was presented a fully stocked first response bag.  

Metro Atlanta Ambulance President Pete Quinones stated, “We were happy to be able to offer these classes to our partners at Kennesaw State University.  It was a great collaborative effort that has further enhanced the health and safety on the KSU campus.”

KSU Emergency Management Director Andy Altizer stated, “EMR is just one part of KSU’s plan to enhance safety on campus. Over the past 45 days, we have certified 161 faculty, staff and students in CPR/AED.”

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