Cherokee Tribal EMS Training Center graduates first class

by Oct 18, 2017COMMUNITY sgadugi0 comments

GRADUATES: The first graduating class of Paramedic students from the Cherokee Tribal EMS Training Center are shown (left-right) with instructors: Dr. David Trigg, medical dDirector; Adam Simonds, Cherokee Fire and Rescue; Melissa Taylor, instructor; Leland Plank, Harris EMS; Kaitlyn Simonds, Swain County EMS; Garrett Taylor, instructor; Alicia Flynn, Swain County; EMS, Zachary Smith, Cherokee Fire and Rescue; Donna Taylor, instructor; Travis Scruggs, Cherokee Fire and Rescue; Rayne Meyers, Harris EMS; Ricky Marr, Harris Pediatrics; Philip Reed, Swain County EMS; Tracy Dulaney, instructor; and Reginald Perry, instructor. Not pictured is Brian Hockman, MMH Regional Transport. (Photo courtesy of Cherokee Tribal EMS)


Cherokee Tribal EMS Training Center has announced the graduation of its first class of Paramedic students. This class was offered on nights and weekends for students who were already working in the EMS field and not wishing to attend traditional college classes.  The students came into class certified at the EMT level and spent 18 months completing the Paramedic training. The class consisted of a minimum of 1,000 hours spent in the classroom, skill labs, hospital clinical sites, and ambulance clinical sites.

Ten students, all working in local communities, completed the training. A graduation ceremony and pinning ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 13to recognize the hard work of these individuals.

“Cherokee Tribal EMS would like to thank the following clinical sites for support of this program: Cherokee Tribal EMS, Cherokee Indian Hospital Emergency Department, Outpatient and Inpatient Services, Harris Regional Hospital Intensive Care and Cardiopulmonary Therapy Services, Harris EMS, Swain Community Hospital Emergency Department, Harris Pediatrics, and Tsali Care Center,” Cherokee Tribal EMS officials stated.

For information about future class offerings at Cherokee Tribal EMS Training Center, 359-6454.

– Cherokee Tribal EMS