Fort Morgan, CO. 10/31/13. Morgan Community College (MCC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program has been the recipient of two Eastern Colorado Health Occupations (ECHO) Network grants. These funds provided some of the major equipment and supplies required to provide education for First Responders, EMT’s and Advanced EMTS on the I-70 corridor from Bennett to Seibert.
Combined, the grants totaled over $32,000 for supplies and materials to enhance EMS training in the region. The initial grant of approximately $24,000 was received in 2012 and allowed MCC EMS Education to purchase CPR, airway, and OB manikins, backboards with immobilization supplies, airway management training equipment and supplies, classroom visual aids, and IV arms and supplies. The 2013 ECHO grant enabled the purchase of Intra-osseous IV training manikins and supplies, miscellaneous patient assessment and treatment supplies, an electric portable suction and a moulage kit. The kit provides artificial wounds and make-up to give students a more realistic injury experience in the classroom.
Additionally, Morgan Community College received a donation of a used ambulance from the Bennett Fire Department this summer. The Ambulance has been refitted and labeled as a training vehicle. “The ambulance, in conjunction with the ECHO grant funds, has really made a major difference in our EMS education endeavors,” says MCC EMS Coordinator/Instructor Don Enninga.
ECHO is a federal project aimed at recruiting and retaining health care workers in eastern Colorado. The Network has allocated funds to help local employers provide continuing education to their staff members, and can also assist with innovative recruitment efforts.
“The ECHO grants have provided MCC EMS education instructors with the necessary tools to enhance their education efforts,” notes Enninga.
The new equipment and supplies have been dispersed to MCC Center locations in Bennett and Limon, as well as Seibert Ambulance, which is serviced by the MCC Burlington Center. “Having the necessary supplies and equipment allows the instructors to provide the EMS education without having to take any local ambulances and equipment out of service,” adds Enninga.
For more information about EMT Training or enrolling in an EMS class at Morgan Community College, contact any MCC Center, check out www.MorganCC.edu or call advisor Gwen Steffen at (970) 542-3224.