Help Your Community as an EMS Provider

03 Jan 2012

BENNINGTON — The town of Dorset is now recruiting volunteers to become first responders in their new first responder vehicle. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is supporting an upcoming CPR/AED course and an Emergency Medical Responder course (Advanced First Aid and History Taking) this month to help with the recruitment. These courses are being offered free of charge. 
Here is the course schedule: CPR/AED: Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dorset Town Office; OR Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 to 9 p.m., both evenings at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert in Dorset. The Emergency Medical Responder Course will start on Jan. 31, and take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6–9 p.m. at the Manchester Rescue Squad.
Call Inge Smith Luce, SVMC’s EMS coordinator, at 447-5029, to register or to find out more. Please pre-register for the CPR/AED course of your choice by Wednesday, Jan. 18, and for the Medical Responder Course by Friday, Jan. 27.
Being a volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider is a great way to support your community. When an emergency happens, minutes matter. For patients who are experiencing a medical emergency, quick medical attention and a quick journey to a hospital are crucial. EMS providers’ timely arrival and quick transport can make a positive difference in a patient’s outcome and overall recovery.
In 2011, SVMC partnered with the Northshire region by raising funds, training personnel, and placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Dorset, Manchester, and Arlington. This past summer, Dorset resident and attorney David J. Meiselman generously donated a first response vehicle for use in the town.
The vehicle carries a variety of medical equipment and provides the capability for rapid response and early intervention within the Dorset community.
If you’re interested in being an EMS responder in a local community other than Dorset, contact your local rescue squad or call Smith-Luce at the number above for more information.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is Vermont’s first Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. SVMC is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, an integrated health system providing care for patients in Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes the VNA & Hospice of SVHC, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation, and the SVMC Northshire and Deerfield Valley Campuses. To learn more about SVHC, visit