By: Lydia Crawley
The Parsons Advocate
Tucker County EMS Training Officer Joe Strait informed the Tucker County Commission that the EMT Course he had scheduled was canceled due to lack of participants to meet the legal minimum for the course.
“Last meeting, I reported to you that we were going to have an EMT Class in Parsons,” Strait said. “Unfortunately, that did not happen.”
Strait said of those who had registered for the course only seven showed at the time of the class. “The 18 people had originally registered online,” Strait said. “Only seven showed up total.”
According to Strait, the legal minimum for a course to be held is 12 students. “You have to have a minimum of 12 to have the class,” Strait said.
Strait said of the students that did show, two were high school students and all but one was Tucker County residents. “Of that seven, six were Tucker County residents,” Strait said. “And two were high school students.”
According to Strait he and Tucker County EMS Director Amanda Simmons have a plan to solve the no show problem moving forward, but have to speak to the board before details can be released. “Moving forward, we’ve got plans to do something to correct that,” Strait said. “Mandy (Simmons) will take care of that at a later date because we have to go through the board.”
Strait said the report was a courtesy to the Commission to keep them informed. “I just wanted to report to you,” Strait said.
Strait also thanked Kevin White and the Parsons Fire Department. “I also wish to say on a personal note that I want to thank Kevin (White) and Parsons Fire Department,” Strait said. “For the last several months, they have supported us with a venue to have training in.”
Tucker County Commissioner Mike Rosenau acknowledged the cooperation the various county entities engage in. “In a county this small, it takes cooperation and working together to keep things moving forward,” Rosenau said. “And I appreciate all the interoffice things that you do. All the things that you do in working together. It just makes this county a lot better. Thank you all.”
The next meeting of the Tucker County Commission will be held at 4 p.m. on October 25th at the Tucker County Courthouse Old Courtroom.