Select EMS staff receive “Train the Trainer” course

Pictured are Emergency Medical Services instructors who went through ‘Train the Trainers’ Emergency Vehicle Operators Course, conducted by Graham Jamieson (3rd from left) of the American Medical Training System, who conducts this type of training around the nation. The course continued from last Saturday Feb. 4, through yesterday Feb. 9. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The American Samoa Emergency Medical Services (EMS), went through a ‘Train the Trainer’ Emergency Vehicle Operator Course’ (EVOC) that began on Saturday February 4 and ended yesterday, and included classroom instruction as well as course driving at the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) driving course in Tafuna.

Samoa News spoke with Graham Jamieson, who is here with the American Medical Training Systems, and who conducts EVOC classes around the nation.

“I am here to help the American Samoa EMS with their maintenance program, trying to show them how to drive the ambulances safely so that they won’t need as much maintenance,” he said.

Jamieson explained that the course is a maintenance prevention program, as well as a safety program.

“The course we teach is the Department of Transportation Emergency Vehicle Operator course, which is a national standard course that we also teach to the military and ambulance companies around the nation.”

Jamieson, who is a paramedic in Las Vegas, went on to say that in addition to safety and helping with the maintenance, they are working to “train the trainers” so that when they leave, the trainers will be able to teach others.

 “We are here in American Samoa for this whole week, helping them get set up for the program, with not only driving, but also making sure they get some policies in place.” he said.

There were a total of six people from EMS who were taught to be instructors, so that now they will be able to train their crews on maintenance and safe driving, according to Jamieson.

“The six drivers from EMS were very good. They did a great job. The whole idea was for me to train people to teach the course, so that they can get everybody else trained and up to the Department of Transportations standards for driving safety and maintenance,” he said.


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