Feedback: Test For Would-Be EMTs In Jeopardy
First there's the training.
Then there's the state emergency medical technician test.
And finally, an EMT is ready to roll.
But for this class of 28 at Jefferson Community College -
"We're a little bit apprehensive about what's going to happen in June when the students are scheduled to test," said Jeannine Gomiela, paramedic program coordinator at JCC.
the state has yet to renew its contract with the company that provides the EMT test.
The contract that runs out in March and local rescue squads are getting nervous.
"We have volunteers that are going to school for 176 hours who're going to find out that there may not be a test for you to take at the end," said Debbie Singleton of the South Jefferson Rescue Squad.
It's not just EMTs-in-training who may be affected.
"We have people that are currently taking their level three class. If their card should expire prior to the test date, that means they can no longer work," said Dave Sherman, Guilfoyle Ambulance general manager.
To make the situation worse, the state apparently hasn't paid the testing company for about a year.
However, there's word that a five-month extension of the contract may be in the works.
The state Department of Health said it’s working to ensure there is no disruption in service and testing for Emergency Medical Technicians will continue.