Longtime NY EMT Brings Community College Program to Southampton Ambulance Corps


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According to the SUNYSuffolk report, Suffolk County, NY (SCCC) Community College Fire and Emergency Medical Care Coordinator, Professor and Associate Director Matt Zukosky was looking for a creative solution to train and monitor the latest generation of first responders in Southampton Village amid the then escalating COVID-19 pandemic.

A 30-year Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) veteran, including 23 years as a paramedic, Zukosky has offered to bring instructions from the SCCC campuses directly to Southampton Village in partnership with Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and the brand new village volunteer ambulance. facility, which is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms large enough to allow students to adhere to social distancing rules while learning in person and in a hands-on manner.

Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Chief Cheyne Finocchiaro said their training courses are typically delivered by Suffolk County through the Department of Health, with few options on the East End . As a result, SCCC and Southampton have agreed to offer the SCCC Emergency Medical Care I course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to 12 students at the new Windmill Lane Volunteer Ambulance facility in the village of Southampton.

National data on the number of emergency medical technician (EMT) openings is not available, but pre-COVID-19 data has shown that the field of paramedics is growing rapidly. Data from 2019 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the number of paramedics and paramedics jobs is expected to increase by 17,000, a growth rate of 6%, higher than the average growth rate of 4%.

Zukosky said the current class will graduate its members next month and plans have started to continue the distance education partnership this fall.


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