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San Juan Island EMS adds five new EMTs

Five San Juan Island residents have completed their training and certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-B) and are serving with San Juan Island EMS.

The new EMTs at San Juan Island EMS are David Howitt, Humberto Orozco, Rebecca Phillips, Jeremy Talbott and Noah Waldron. They, along with one new EMT from Orcas Island, have completed the four-month course in patient assessment, medical emergencies, CPR, trauma, infant and geriatric care, and EMS operations.

“We are very excited to have these new EMTs serving with San Juan Island EMS,” San Juan EMS Training Officer Weyshawn Koons said. “They all worked diligently to develop their new EMT skills and will also bring a variety of personal capabilities and experiences to the team.”

Ted McKey of the Orcas Island Fire Department commuted to Friday Harbor more than twice a week to attend training and practice sessions. He too has completed his training and certification and is serving as an EMT on Orcas Island.

San Juan Island EMS is the tax-supported, county EMS agency serving the residents and visitors of San Juan Island, Town of Friday Harbor, Brown Island, Henry Island, Johns Island, Pearl Island, Speiden Island and Stuart Island. It provides emergency medical services, critical care transport, and injury and accident prevention.

The staff of career paramedics and volunteer EMTs is available 24 hours a day.

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