EMS - The Start of Paramedics In Raleigh County July 19 1977 Beckley News Paper
'Medics Start Practice Soon By RUTH SWATZYNA Staff Writer Two ambulance providers will institute paramedic service this week, five others will begin it soon, according to Dr. Jack Page, director of emergency department at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH) arid paramedic class instructor. At a meeting of ambulance providers Saturday, it was ascertained Raleigh Ambulance and Ghent Area Volunteer Fire Department have monitor deflbrillators and will allow their paramedics to practice by of the week, Dr. Page said. Jan Care Ambulance Service in Oak Hill, Williams - Blue Ridge Home in Sophia and Professional Ambulance Service hi Beckley have paramedics and will begin services as soon as equipment can be Dr. Page said. Supplies and the drug list will be available at the ARH emergency department, Dr. Page said. Supplies and .physician direction will be provided paramedics by doctors at ARH, Dr. Page said, regardless of where patient is being transported. Paramedics who successfully completed the mobile intensive care paramedic class and the service they work for, are as follows: Charles Darlington, Raleigh Ambulance; Con Dotson and Deborah Calhoun, Ghent Area VFD; Mike Nerenberg, Professional Ambulance; Hensley, Williams - Blue Ridge; Robert Toombs, Jan Care, and James Goodall, emergency room at ARH. The class ended in late June; paramedics can begin practicing skills as soon as equipment and drugs are purchased.