Weston EMS seeks new volunteers

EMTs Kristen Papen, left, and Diane Slovak are encouraging volunteers to join them at Weston EMS.

Diane Slovak and Kristen Papen are looking for you to join Weston EMS!

If you have been considering joining Weston EMS, it’s not too late. Although a new EMT class is currently meeting, there are plans for another class to begin in the fall.

Ms. Slovak and Ms. Papen, both Weston EMTs, have recently taken over the membership recruitment for Weston EMS. They are determined to find all the people who wanted to join the current class that started in January but were not able to join at that time.

Ms. Papen, a college student studying nursing, wants people to know that you can be as young as 18 to be a member. “As long as you can make a commitment to the town to be here, you can be a student and be an EMT.”

“It’s not too early to start the application process for the fall class,” Ms. Slovak said, “If you are at all interested, talk to us — we can help answer your questions.”

The classes will take place in Weston on two evenings a week for six months. There is no charge for this class.

The course covers the scope of practice for an EMT as determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The program also includes certification in health care provider CPR and experience doing “ride-alongs” with the Norwalk Hospital ambulance.

Passing this class prepares participants to take the state of Connecticut written and practical exams. After you pass both, you are a certified Connecticut EMT.

Those interested in finding out more may call the EMS office, 203-222-2647, and leave a message. Or, send an email to [email protected]

Don’t worry, these women will find you! “Think about joining a terrific, all-volunteer organization. It’s a great way to give back to the community we all care about,” Ms. Slovak said.

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