There’s a new push to make sure the help you need is available if you’re ever in an emergency.
A new partnership between the University of Missouri Healthcare and Marion County ambulance hopes to bring more trained professionals to northeast Missouri.
The new joint partnership will bring paramedic education to Marion County and rural Missouri. This will allow people to become an EMS professional in Marion County, rather than having to travel to Columbia.
MU Healthcare officials said they will start hosting courses at the Marion County ambulance headquarters in Hannibal.
They said the partnership will allow for local education that meets national accreditation standards, including simulations and working with advanced equipment.
“The community here in northeast Missouri will be impacted by highly trained paramedics between Marion County and MU Healthcare and more paramedics being available, as the education will be provided here in Marion County,”MU EMA Medican Director said. “There is a big need for paramedics and EMS providers throughout rural Missouri.”
Officials said majority of the the course will take place in Marion County, but they may have to travel for certain parts of training.
The first EMT course will begin September 18 and the first paramedic course will start in January.
MU Healthcare officials said paramedics and EMT’s have an expected job growth of 24 percent in the next seven years– something they hope this partnership contributes to.
If you are interested in taking the course, you can contact the Marion County Ambulance headquarters.