Last week, Pickens County EMS did rope rescue and vehicle extrication is part of monthly training. Each month EMTs and paramedics come in for 3 hours of education. They cover a wide range of topics to help make them better healthcare providers.
This time, they learned the very basics of rope rescue and vehicle extrication.
“This is normally performed by the fire department so we felt like this was a good lesson in what other responders are doing,” Dietrich Easter said. “We normally handle the patient care but sometimes patient access is a concern. So knowing what the fire departments have to do is important to provide the best patient care.”
Dietrich Easter, the training officer for EMS in Pickens County, led the instruction with help from the Pickens County Special Operations Team for the rope rescue, and Pickens Rural Fire Department for vehicle extrication.
Our providers, the EMTs and paramedics in the county, come in each month for 3 hours and they also have access to other educational classes such as Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) classes.
Pickens County EMS wants to thank Mike Barrett and Kendall Rampey with Pickens County Special Operations Team, as well as Brandon Rowland and Chief Kevin McClain with Pickens Rural Fire Department for their help in this training. They’re grateful to the Emergencies Services Board for providing lunch!