Oktibbeha hospital offers EMT program for firefighters

Firefighters in Oktibbeha County are now able to earn their EMT certification without having to leave the county with help from the OCH Regional Medical Center.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 10:11 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 10:19 PM

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Firefighters in Oktibbeha County are now able to earn their EMT certification without having to leave the county with help from the OCH Regional Medical Center.

In September, EMCC and the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors signed off on an agreement to establish the Oktibbeha County Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Program, which will be made available to Oktibbeha County employees and those who contract with the county.

Emergency room physicians, nurses and paramedics will serve as instructors for an EMT course available to firefighters with East Mississippi Community College providing oversight of the program. 

"We are very excited about doing this," EMCC Golden Triangle Vice President Paul Miller said. "This helps the training on site in Oktibbeha County and the fact we are doing it with OCH Regional Medical Center is very exciting." 

The EMT program will begin in January of 2019. 

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