January 2015

Week two covered a lot of new material through lecture and reading.  Those concepts are intertwined with scenarios to prepare students for emergency calls an EMT is likely to encounter.  Many students have already experienced the reality of such scenarios they learned in class during their time on clinicals riding with local EMS crews.  This week has been challenging and, approperiate to the course name, has felt very intense.  However, as this EMT Intensive week has progressed, the concepts and the hands-on assessments has led to students building even more confidence. This is the time where the voice inside says and believes, "I can do this". 

-Deane Hodde

Bryan Dixon and I got to teach at Lutheridge in Asheville to a great batch of students. During the course we had to deal with some real rough weather for rescue-40's and raining for several days followed by straight up frigid weather with a brisk breeze.  There's no weather like miserable weather to teach WFR's in!  We also tried to beat the flu season as best we could-hygeine was numero uno to keep the sniffles at bay.  Despite going through gobs of hand sanitizer, things still circulated around. We stuck it out and folks headed back to all corners of the country to keep climbing and paddling and hiking with their new found wilderness first responder skills. Good luck folks!



It is that time of year for our Winter EMT in Asheville, NC.  Once again it is being held at Ridgecrest just outside of Black Mountain.  Students have come from various locations, experiences and backgrounds creating a great mix, all eager to learn the ways of the EMT.

This week has been a mix of didactic and basic fundamental hands-on skills.  It ended Saturday with learning advanced airway skills, IM injections, prepping IV Fluid bags and doing blood glucose evaluations.  EMS clinicals started Friday evening for some students and once again Buncombe County Rescue opened up their doors to our students. This allowed us to have for hands-on experience in and around EMS Ambulances and equipment in preparation for student clinical experiences there as well as Buncombe EMS, McDowell County EMS and Haywood EMS.