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South Haven Fire and Rescue donates ambulance

The South Haven Fire and Rescue Department donated an ambulance from their fleet of fire and rescue vehicles to Northland Community & Technical College. The ambulance was donated and will be used as a training aid for Northland’s Intensive Care Paramedic (ICP) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs.

The 1999 Ford Ambulance from South Haven Fire and Rescue was donated March 27, and recently arrived at Northland’s East Grand Forks, campus. The South Haven Fire and Rescue Department is an all-volunteer group, comprised of 25 individuals from the area. They donated the ambulance to Northland to ensure it would be utilized as a valuable training aid. “The ambulance was donated to us when we started our rescue program and we thought it should be donated again,” stated Fire Chief Oscar Laney.

Northland’s EMS program incorporates theoretical knowledge with extensive hands on, clinical application and experience. The specialization and advanced education and training in the care and transport of the critically ill and injured can mean the difference between life and death. This donation will replace the current ambulance, which was an early 1980’s model that was donated years ago by the East Grand Forks Fire and Rescue Department.

“It is in very good condition and it will be used by the Paramedic program and Fire Fighter Paramedic program,” said Paramedic instructor Dan Sponsler. “They will get to use it for real life training situations; they will be able to drive it and simulate moving vehicle transport rescue. It is configured much more like current ambulances students will see in their jobs, so they get to train with modern equipment. We are very appreciative of South Haven for the generous donation,” he concluded.

The old ambulance has been donated to the Fire Technology program to be used as a rescue truck. It had originally been a rescue truck for East Grand Forks Fire and Rescue before being converted to an ambulance. They will use it to haul their rescue equipment for their training exercises.

The employment outlook for EMTs is a well above average growth percentage of 18.3 percent in Minnesota, so donations like the ambulance from South Haven supports training of the next generation of EMT’s.

Northland has future plans of innovative training in the fields of criminal justice and EMT involving small scale unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Departments like South Haven’s will benefit from this as they could receive cutting-edge training involving small-scale UAS. Involving UAS in these scenarios allows for quicker results in time sensitive scenarios, operating efficiently 24 hours a day because of infrared cameras and SAR’s, and prevents workers going into an unsafe area. Small scale UAS have proved their ability to save lives and as they become more mainstream, Northland hopes to be on forefront in UAS training.

Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college with campuses in East Grand Forks, and Thief River Falls. One- and two-year degrees, transfer programs and diploma certification are available in a variety of majors, as well as workforce training and continuing education programs. NCTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Visit the College at NCTC is an equal opportunity educator and employer.