Bannock County Looking for Volunteer Ambulance Drivers

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 3/04/2013 7:01 pm
 

Providing emergency services can be a challenge in rural states like Idaho. In Bannock County, they rely on volunteers to help save time and reach some of the more isolated towns in its southern half. Phil Campbell tells us why this program is so important and how you might be able to help out.

The Bannock County Ambulance District is looking for a few good volunteers who can help provide ambulance service to an important, yet tricky coverage area of the county.

“It can be a 40 minute response for an ambulance from Pocatello to get down there to assist someone,” said Assistant Fire Chief Ron Davies. “And so these people being trained and being able to go into a fully stocked ambulance and respond there, could mean the difference between life and death.”

Volunteers should live within a 5 mile radius of the communities of Lava Hot Springs, Downey, or Inkom. No experience is necessary. They are just looking for a few responsible people who want to help their fellow man.  

“Certainly we are going to check their driving record,” said Davies. “We are going to do a background check and they have to be drug free, physical fit to standup to the rigors of the job is important as well. Mostly, it’s that desire to help somebody out.”

Complete, comprehensive training will be provided for all volunteers. The first class will start March 6, 2013. Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday night and some Saturdays at McCammon Elementary School. Training will last approximately 6 weeks with a certification test at the end of training. Volunteers must attend all classes throughout the course.

Once trained, volunteers are expected to take a minimum of 12-hour shifts per month. Attendance is required at the monthly two hour refresher training in-service provided by Bannock County Ambulance District. Every 3 years a “refresher” course is conducted and must be attended to re-certify as an EMR or EMT.

Bannock County Ambulance District is looking for ready, willing and able men and women to provide ambulance service to their local communities. The volunteer position requires an individual who is physically fit due to the nature of the job. Volunteers should live within a 5 mile radius of the communities of Lava Hot Springs, Downey, or Inkom. Volunteers must pass a background check, be drug-free, able to complete entire training course, and cover the minimum monthly shifts.

No experience necessary. Complete, comprehensive training will be provided for all volunteers. Emergency Medical Responder Class will start March 6, 2013. Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday night and some Saturdays. All classes will be held at McCammon Elementary School. Training will last approximately 6 weeks. Plus a certification test at the end of training. Volunteers must attend all classes throughout the course.

Once trained, volunteers are expected to take a minimum of 12-hour shifts per month. Attendance is required at the monthly two hour refresher training in-service provided by Bannock County Ambulance District. Every 3 years a “refresher” course is conducted and must be attended to re-certify as an EMR or EMT.

For more information or to receive a volunteer application contact the ambulance service within your community:

Canda Dimick, Lava Ambulance: 251-6298

Frank Howe, Downey Ambulance: 317-7063

Johnny Ketner, Inkom Ambulance: 220-2749

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