JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Medic One Ambulance has provided Arkansas State University students a way for hands-on care and training with its $50,000 gift to the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
The gift on Thursday will assist in the purchase of an ambulance simulator lab.
The state-of-the-art simulator at A-State is the only one of its kind in the state of Arkansas, officials said, noting it is designed to enable students and professionals to train in situations of medical emergencies.
"I can't think of a more appropriate gift for an EMT and paramedic program—a simulator which replicates a moving ambulance," said Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. "The college could not have afforded this equipment without the support of Medic One."
"Medic One Ambulance is committed to the areas we serve," Ryan Kibler, the president of Medic One Ambulance, said. "There has been a shortage of emergency management service personnel in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri for over two decades. Adding an EMS program to Arkansas State University's degree offerings will allow newly trained emergency management technicians and paramedics into local service areas. This donation will benefit all EMS agencies by having highly trained EMS employees in order to serve people in the community better."
"State-of-the-art equipment certainly enables quality learning for our students," added Hanrahan. "We are excited to have these EMS programs and can't wait for our graduates to be in the workforce. Our special thanks to Medic One for this extraordinary gift."
The service has four locations in Jonesboro and one in Brookland, Walnut Ridge, Harrisburg and Lake City. Missouri locations include Kennett, Senath, Caruthersville, Campbell, Malden and Poplar Bluff.
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