The crew at Stevens County Ambulance Service (l to r): Mac Johnson, Byron Seggerman, Nathan Roy, Jessica Velde, and Operations Director Josh Fischer. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

As EMS Week continues, those who teach others lifesaving procedures face some challenges in this age of the coronavirus. Nathan Roy is Education Director at the Stevens County Ambulance Service in Morris and he told KMRS that some things can’t be duplicated when you’re teaching how to do CPR or how to stop severe bleeding.

“Our courses — is there a lot of book work to them — yes, there is,” said Roy. “However, they’re also very hands-on. You can use Zoom meetings to an extend, and it’s a good adjunct, but it doesn’t replace the need to actually be practicing hands-on with our mannequins, with the equipment, as you would do for responding to an actual patient.”

Another challenge they are facing is not having the usual numbers of university students to take their classes. The full hour EMS Week program with many of the workers at the Ambulance Service can be heard at 1:05 p.m. today on KMRS.


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