On June 2nd 2010, the ranks of the ten volunteer rescue squads of Virginia Beach grew by twenty new emergency medical technicians.
Virginia Beach EMT class 01-2010 started in January 2010 and concluded with a state health department practical and written exam in late May.
Twenty volunteers from around the Tidewater area completed a 19 week demanding emergency medical technician basic course. Many of the recruits travelled straight from work, skipping dinners and often not returning home until midnight or later.
For two nights every week for 19 weeks and several weekends thrown in, the men and women of EMT Class 01-2010 developed life saving skills and learned how to treat a plethora of illnesses and trauma including car accidents victims, victims of violent crimes, stroke victims and caring for people suffering from life threatening heart attacks.
Before a large group of family members and Virginia Beach EMS Volunteers, Bruce Edwards the Chief of EMS for the City of Virginia Beach presented each of the new volunteers with their EMT badge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwfMIdWontU .
Following Chief Edward’s presentation, Virginia Beach Chief Magistrate Tom Cahill swore in each new EMT under the Virginia Beach EMT oath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzvLiY84NEI .
Following a photo shoot, the new volunteers and family members were treated to cake and beverage.