RCFD receives nine new first responders for paramedic school

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Nine first responders started paramedic school in a program run by Rapid City Fire Department.

Paramedic school begins with RCFDFive of the students are from Rapid City, and four from agencies in surrounding towns. The Rapid City Fire Department is one of just a few fire-based EMS departments with an accredited paramedic program.

The course starts with an anatomy curriculum that lasts weeks and over the next 11 months, they’ll get more hands-on experience.

“We’ll send them through scenarios,” said Paramedic Program Director, Jason Reitz. “In different scenarios, the paramedic student will have to manage that scene all the way from the patient to bystanders, all the way to different agencies or responders coming into that scenario.”

Reitz says that it’s a rewarding job that can easily become a career.

Healthcare providers are in high demand and this program helps the students fill that need while serving their community.

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