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EMS students attend CODE 1 conference

By Matt MacDonald
On April 6, 2016

The 30th annual CODE 1 medical conference took place March 11 - 12 at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The conference brought together a wide variety of current students and past from the fields of EMS (Emergency Medical Services), law enforcement and firefighting. The purpose of the CODE 1 conference is to provide up to date information in the fields of emergency patient care, emergency readiness, policy and system development by members of the EMS community as well as instructors and program directors at Kirkwood Community College   

Ben Symonds, Advanced EMS director, was one of the chief organizers of the event. “It was kind of a culture shock coming from Firefighting and EMS,” said Symonds. “It was a huge increase in responsibility” he added. The journey of a paramedic student is different from that of other students, according to Symonds. It is a mix of hands on experience combined with classroom and lab time. The students also go through their classes together in groups, referred to as “cohorts”. They join the members of their cohorts in the spring semester, in which the technical classes begin.

Above, students observe the LifeGuard helicopter at the CODE 1 conference.

The classes are unique in the sense that only students registered in the program are able to sign up for them. Once students join their cohort in the first spring semester, they start to spend most of their time in more field settings, such as ride along. “You interact with Real people and it’s hands on,” said Alex Gutierrez  EMS student “It’s a great experience and helps you transition into the field.” Once the degree program is completed, EMS personnel must complete 60 hours of recertification.  The CODE 1 conference offers 14 of the 60 hours required. 

 

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