FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 25, 2007
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
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File: NR-Ambulance Donation
College Receives Donated Ambulance
Ukiah, CA - The Mendocino College Paramedic Program had an ambulance donated to them by ProTransport-1 out of Cotati, CA on Monday, April 16.
Two employees of ProTransport-1, who are currently enrolled in the Mendocino College Paramedic Program, informed Mendocino College Paramedic Program Director Bill Webster that their employer often makes donations of surplus equipment to training agencies. Webster then contacted Protransport-1 and within three months, the paramedic program received an ambulance.
The ambulance was first used on Friday, April 20 and will be used for training purposes only. There will be no real-life application for campus emergencies.
There are 25 students currently enrolled in the paramedic program. In the program, they learn manipulative skills such as obtaining intravenous access and airway management and practice these in the classroom on mannequins and each other.
“With the ambulance on site, we can have the students practice assessment and treatment skills in the back of a moving ambulance. Skills that are relatively easy in the controlled atmosphere of the classroom can be much more challenging in the back of a moving ambulance. The students will start their field work with a much clearer idea of what to expect and an increased level of experience and expertise,” Webster said.
The ambulance will also be used in Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) class as well as other classes at Mendocino College.
Hospital beds have previously been donated to the program from Ukiah Valley Medical Center, and Webster plans to seek other donations.
“I would like to equip the ambulance with tools such as heart monitors. We are always grateful for equipment donations, since equipment for the ambulance can range from $10,000 to $15,000,” Webster said.
Created: May 03, 2007 @ 09:27 AM
Last Modified: May 03, 2007 @ 10:41 AM