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Training, Fire Service, Funding Is Life Blood of EMS in Delaware

Issue 11 and Volume 127.

Training, Fire Service, Funding Is Life Blood of EMS in Delaware Three elements of the emergency services have combined forces in the State of Delaware to reduce highway deaths and disabilities: the fire service, the Delaware State Fire School, and the office of the federal-state highway safety coordinator. This cooperative venture began in 1964 when funds were first made available under the provisions of the National Highway Safety Act for training ambulance personnel. During that year, federal funds were used to initiate a basic training program for ambulance attendants—a training program that would prepare them to cope with almost any injury or illness. Since the program began, almost 1900 persons have completed the basic course and are now certified as “ambulance attendants” as defined by state law. This figure represents almost 90 percent of the operational ambulance personnel in Delaware. In 1973, plans were finalized for a continuing training program…

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