Polk EMS felt it would be beneficial to CVTCs EMT and Paramedic programs if they actually had an ambulance to work out of, said Curtis Vincent Director of EMS for Polk County. I approached the Polk County Board of Commissioners about donating the vehicle and they were very willing to help the school any way they could. They were glad to donate the ambulance to CVTC.
With this donation, we will be able to improve the quality and level of training that we do in the paramedic and EMT programs, stated Dr. Craig McDaniel, President, Coosa Valley Technical College. If you look at EMS in all of Northwest Georgia, a large number of the people that work in the field right now came through the Coosa Valley Technical College program, this gift gives us an opportunity to do a better job not only in the classroom, but in the hands on training.
The donation is a valuable asset to the EMT and Paramedic programs at CVTC. It gives us immediate access to a mobile lab and it allows the students to train, away from a controlled classroom setting. We can simulate anything that they would encounter on the scene in the back of that ambulance, just like if they were sitting in the middle of the road in any isolated area, stated Randy Pierson, CVTC EMT/Paramedic Instructor.
Pierson adds that CVTC depends on donations like this. Without donations there would be no way to put the students into this type of environment, said Pierson. Ambulances cost from $75,000 to $100,000. There is no way we would have the resources to purchase this vehicle. A donation like this makes a huge impact on the program and on the students that will be hired by agencies like Polk EMS that support CVTC.