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August 14, 2015


Cannon teams with Winfield Fire/EMS to provide community outreach training


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Using Cowley College’s specialized equipment, Chris Cannon, EMS Program Director/Allied Health Department Chair, has been working with Winfield Fire/EMS to cooperatively provide continuing education classes to area volunteer fire departments in Burden and Atlanta.


The three hour courses will be repeated at Udall on Monday, August 17 and Cambridge on Tuesday, August 18. They are also planning to offer monthly classes at each department for the foreseeable future.


Cannon is serving as the instructor for the classes and is using some of the paramedic program’s equipment, such as airway simulators and a custom built vomiting manikin to give the volunteers top notch training. Winfield fire/EMS is providing the administrative and paperwork support for the classes, and each participant will receive three hours of CE credit to help renew their EMS certification. 


“I am very pleased to be able to use the outstanding resources we have here at Cowley College to provide education for our dedicated local volunteer fire departments,” Cannon said. “Winfield Fire Chief Alan Stoll, Lead Paramedic Aaron Sutton and the entire WFD staff have been great to work with to coordinate these classes.”


Sutton accompanies Cannon to the classes and takes care of all required paperwork and issues continuing education certificates. Sutton and other Winfield Fire members have been providing monthly training at each volunteer fire department over the last year.


“Our new partnership will help us share the teaching load and provide enough training hours, as the required continued education for EMTs in Kansas is going from 28 to 40 in 2017,” Cannon said.


Cannon recently joined the Winfield Fire/EMS reserves to help provide these courses.


Those pictured are, from left, James Brown, Katherine Grow, and Chris Cannon.