Anderson says that they have asked local fire chiefs and other officials to help identify likely candidates to participate in the program. “It’s a tough program. We want people with the dedication and commitment to succeed.”
Kincaid and Anderson share that if the initiative is successful, it may be offered annually, and that additional higher level training opportunities may also be offered in the future.
“Our goal is to improve health outcomes for everyone in our service area,” says Kincaid. “Providing quality educational opportunities for emergency responders in an affordable manner will go a long way in helping to achieve that goal. Our relationship with Mercy, and Mercy’s long-term investment in our community by locating a helicopter in Knoxville, shows our collective commitment to providing the very best in rural health care – including emergency response. The Emergency Response Training Initiative is an important next step.”