31 EMT students graduate from OC Training Center
Local first aid squads have welcomed 31 new emergency medical technicians, all recent graduates of the Ocean County Training Center, here.
“On behalf of my colleagues on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders I want to congratulate the new EMTs and extend the appreciation of the entire board as these new graduates go out into the community to perform lifesaving work,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “The dedication and effort shown by these men and women, most of whom will serve as volunteers, is invaluable.”
The EMTs had to successfully complete 120 hours of classroom study and rigorous hands-on training in order to complete the EMT basic training requirements.
The students spend at least 10 additional hours in a local emergency room assisting hospital personnel.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this facility for the students and the instructors who give their time and talent to training these men and women to be the finest EMTs they can be,” Kelly said. “We receive great cooperation from the hospitals and the Monmouth Ocean (MONOC) Hospital Services Corp. in providing this training.”
Upon completion of the required curriculum, each student must score 70 percent or higher on a 100 question written final examination. Students must also pass a practical skills examination demonstrating that they are mentally and physically prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
“The EMT program demands focus, dedication and sacrifice,” said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “The students have worked exceedingly hard to get here and overcame many obstacles. Their willingness to give back to their community is evident by their dedication to successfully completing this training.”
Charles E. Livezey, Supervisor Emergency Medical Services Education for MONOC South, told the graduates that completion of this training was the first step in their careers as EMTs.
“The field of Emergency Medical Services is constantly changing,” Livezey said. “We have given you the skills. We encourage you to keep learning.”
Receiving the John G. Glowacki Award for Academic Excellence during the graduation ceremony was Katherine Strack of the Beachwood First Aid Squad.
The following is a list of the graduates from the Ocean County Training Center, EMT- Basic Graduation held on August 9: Krystal Aguilar, Kelly Collins, Samantha Curry, Michael Essig, David Gall, Heather McKillop, Francisco Ramirez, and Kimberly Robinson, all Stafford Township EMS; Tomas Arroyo, Christy Corbett, Michael Dolch, Brian Hatzelhoffer, Rachel Holland, Caroline Rauchbach, and Mark White, all Manchester Township First Aid Squad; Stephanie Branco; Rebecca DiFrancesco, Montclair State University EMS; James Goldstein, James Jackson, Erica Judka, and Jeremy Rotolo, Barnegat Township First Aid Squad; John Gray, Surf City EMS; Barbara Hans, Beach Haven First Aid Squad; Yehoshua Kessin, Hatzolah EMS; Brian Llewellyn, Tiffany Pedre, and Alyssa Smialowicz, all Lanoka Harbor EMS; William Mortimer, Bayville First Aid Squad; Shawn Peace; Stephen Sears, and Katherine Strack, Beachwood First Aid Squad.