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Paramedic Education

The 2016 Paramedic Course has two options—hybrid and standard. The hybrid sections have significant online work assignments in addition to face-to-face meetings one day every other week for 8 hours (9am to 5pm). There are sections that meet on Wednesdays and also a Friday section. The standard format course utilizes the online learning lessons to support the student’s learning but there are no formal assignments. The standard format section meets face-to-face in the classroom each Tuesday (9am to 5pm) and each Friday morning (9am-1pm). The standard format section’s schedule meets the requirements for military veterans to use their education benefits.

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Classes are held in the NE-2 Classroom at our Headquarters. We utilize a mix of independent study, team learning, case studies and simulations. This is a dynamic environment with a fast pace. Prospective students are welcome to observe. Direct your questions to the program director (Bryant Gladney, EMS Education Division Manager) at bgladney@bcfdmo.com.

 

RN Bridge

In 2015, we conducted a pilot RN to Paramedic Bridge course. That course will be completed in January of 2016. We enrolled two of our Firefighters who are EMTs and who work in a busy ER setting. A plan for advanced placement was implemented and we began a series of twelve lab / simulation sessions spread out over about six months.
See the 2016 Course Catalog for details on this option for RN’s with emergency services experience to “Bridge” over to Paramedic.

If you have an interest in this course, please contact Bryant Gladney, EMS Education Manager at bgladney@bcfdmo.com.

 ALS Continuing Education

Paramedic Head Start

Paramedic Head Start is a series of 3 online courses (using our Moodle LMS) use the same lesson materials that we use in the actual Paramedic Course. All of this would be strictly optional and serve as preparatory work—it would NOT provide advanced standing or preclude the student from any actual coursework in the Paramedic class. It would give the student a very solid feel for the depth and breadth of our studies and introduce you to our methodologies. Plus, your efforts are not wasted as this stuff counts!

We know that paramedic students learn best in small groups under the guidance of a talented coach working in lab and simulation settings. However, a key component of our learning process involves online preparation. This Paramedic Head Start would clearly help you prepare.

The Airway & Breathing Course, Pharmacology Course and the ECG Level 1 Course are all live on Moodle.

If you are interested in this course or have questions, contact Bryant Gladney, EMS Education Manager at bgladney@bcfdmo.com.

EMT Education

In addition to our EMT educational opportunities directed toward Fire District members, we have some offerings that are open to non-members.

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EMT (Public Program)

Currently, we deliver EMT as part of our Recruit Training program to all incoming members of the Fire District.  In January, we will also offer an EMT course that is open to public enrollment.

EMT +

This is NOT an official certification—it’s simply the name of a class that we offer. The idea is that we want to address the typical gap in knowledge and capabilities between standard EMT class graduates and those EMTs that are high-functioning partners to Paramedics on an ALS Crew. This course also provides some helpful skills to our Fire District EMTs who are functioning in the first-response role.
Taught by staff from our two local ambulance services who are charged with orienting new EMT hires, the content focuses on all those little things that Paramedics LOVE to have their EMT partners be able to handle. For example, we spend some time on acquiring 12-lead EKGs, setting up IVs, helping with IV and IO starts, setting up CPAP and high-flow nebulizer treatments and assisting with ALS airway management. We work on learning all about the Zoll X-Series cardiac monitors that are in use by both local services. All of this stays strictly within the EMT scope of practice but much of it is simply not covered in the standard EMT course. We do all of this in a lab setting.

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Boone County Fire Protection District Warns Residents of Red Flag Fire Conditions Today

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 a.m. TO 6 p.m. CST THURSDAY.

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

With the lack of moisture and temperatures on the rise, the Boone County Fire Protection District would like to offer these reminders to the citizens of Boone County who choose to burn during the coming weeks, however, we would ask that NO BURNING occur when wind speeds exceeds 5-10 mph.

Here are a few reminders for everyone to follow:
• If you live in the County there is open burning for natural vegetation. If you live within the city limits of Columbia you will need a burn permit issued by the Columbia Fire Department. Please check with your local municipality for regulations on burning.
• Check local weather forecasts before any open burning. Winds can be very sporadic this time of year.
• Winds are typically calmer and humidity is typically higher during the morning hours.
• Be sure to provide a safe barrier around your prescribed burn. This may be achieved by mowing a clean strip around the area or by scrapping it down to bare dirt.
• Have a water source nearby. A garden hose works well if used early in the event of a fire moving to quickly.
• Never burn materials that are close to any structure.
• Burn small areas at a time.
• Never leave a fire area unattended whether it is a burn barrel or a prescribed burn.
• If burning in a barrel try to place a metal screen to avoid large embers from escaping the barrel. These embers can travel some distance and still start a fire.
• Notify the Joint Communications Center at 573-442-6131 before lighting your fire.
• Call 911 immediately if the fire grows larger or moves more rapidly than anticipated.
• If your fire burns out of control and causes damage to someone else’s property, you will be held liable for damages. This includes buildings, crops and even grasses.
• When in doubt call your local fire department for advice before burning.

For more information contact the Boone County Fire Protection District at 573-447-5000 during normal business hours and 573-219-0677 during nights and weekends or your local fire jurisdiction.
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