Saving lives and the economy: EMT shortage prompts training class

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A shortage of those who save lives.

"It's been something I've been passionate for my entire life," said Captain Nick Endicott.

For more than 10 years, Endicott has held an EMT basics certification.

"You are on the front line of helping people day to day," pointed out Endicott.

Endicott is also an instructor. He told WYMT, due to the shortage, trainers with the Inez Fire and Rescue are offering those life-saving classes.

"Currently, there's a high demand of EMT's in the area. It's a job that can sometimes be stressful," explained Endicott.

The 14-week online-hybrid classes allow trainees to work another job while obtaining their certification.

"I've got three sons. I was working a full-time job," recalled Rebecca Carter.

Carter graduated from the program and immediately started her EMT career after passing the national registry.

"The hands-on skills training that you learn in class will prepare you," said Carter.

Now, her 18-year-old son is enrolled in the classes.

"It helped me to inspire my son to future his education and possibly have a career in this," explained Carter.

Captain Endicott says trainees can learn multiple skills through the class.

"Anything fro minor splinting of a broken or limb or joint. It could be as simple of oxygen therapy," Endicott pointed out.

While Carter says the skills are vital to every community.

"You have the potential to, you know, help save someone's life," said Carter.

Endicott says offering these classes also helps boost local economies.

Captain Nick Endicott says you do not have to work as an EMT after you complete the classes.

Having those basic life-saving skills could come in handy at any time.

The classes cost $850. The price includes shirt.. liability insurance.. and class supplies.

With a down payment of $425, payments can be made throughout the course.

The Inez Fire and Rescue offer multiple CPR classes throughout the year.

They also plan to teach three more EMT classes each year.

If you would like to sign-up for the classes, click here.

You can also click here for the Inez Fire and Rescue's EMT Facebook page.

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