Emergency Responders Get Annual Training

Sioux Center, Iowa — Over 70 firefighters and EMS responders from Sioux County are now better- trained, thanks to EMS Day.

Sioux County Emergency Management officials tell us they presented the annual training opportunity, which included 16 hours of training. The two-day event, held at the Dordt University Ag Stewardship Center, taught skills to Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), paramedics and fire personnel that presented scenarios that challenged them to work together.

Officials tell us the scenarios and situations included assessing and working on vehicles with extrication tools and safely removing occupants while patient care was being provided in difficult situations. Thanks to a donation from Perdue Premium Meat Company of Sioux Center, students also had the opportunity to work with pig tracheas and lungs; this simulated how airway management and different treatments could impact patients in real-life situations.

Sioux County EMA Director Nate Huizenga says that the day would not have been successful without generous donations from community partners. He thanked Dordt University, Perdue Premium Meat Company and Alex Air Apparatus for their generosity in collaborating with Sioux County EMA to benefit public safety in Sioux County. Huizenga also thanked the training team that developed the courses and instructed over the two days.

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