Vermont EMS Academy opens to help train first responders

Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 6:05 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Staffing levels at EMS departments are in critical condition across Vermont, but a new training center is designed to help.

A million dollars in federal pandemic money is helping to create the Vermont Emergency Management Services Academy in Newfane.

It will offer all kinds of EMS education: training, continuing education, water rescue and rope rescue courses, and more.

It’s geared toward first responders, emergency doctors, nurses, and others in the emergency medical field-- the people who help you get from the emergency situation you’re in to the hospital.

“There is interest but there’s been barriers to access,” said Drew Hazelton of Rescue Inc.

Watch the video to see our Darren Perron’s full interview with Drew Hazelton.

A soft opening will happen in September and a grand opening in mid-October.

You can sign up for programs online.

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