Local college receives training ambulance

Local college receives training ambulance

ESCANABA — Within the last week, Bay College in Escanaba received something that no other college in the U.P. has. ABC 10’s Caleb Scanlon tells us what it is, and how it will help the students save lives.

Last Thursday, Bay College received a fully functional training ambulance.

The ambulance will implemented into the EMT/Paramedic Program to serve as a mobile classroom. It comes fully equipped to help train the students in a variety of medical and trauma scenarios.

“The students are going to get a real feel for what it’s going to be like to taking care of a patient while they’re moving down the highway,” said EMT/Paramedic Program Director Amanda Armatti, “especially on our bumpy roads in the U.P.”
Armatti added that it’s the only one of its kind in an Upper Peninsula college. The sense of realism that it provides will create a more effective and active learning environment.

“The more equipment that we have, the more we can simulate the outside world,” said Bay College Paramedic Student Dave Deno, “the better off we can be, the better we will be when we step out into the job force.”

“I’ve been with different programs before and nothing has been set up like the way Bay (College) has theirs,” said Paramedic Student Bryanna Stewart, “it’s definitely a good learning experience for us and we look forward to taking every advantage that we can.”

The need for EMT and Paramedic personnel is always needed throughout the area. Bay College is currently accepting applications for the program.