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Published August 31, 2010, 05:22 PM

Middle River Needs Emergency Volunteers

Most rural communities depend on volunteers for emergency services. And sometimes its a struggle to find people with the training to donate their time. Free training in exchange for service is one way they hope to find help.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

The ambulance service out of Middle River has been going strong for nearly 30 years. As part of the Tri-County Ambulance service, they cover 26 miles to the east and 12 miles to the west of Middle River in Marshall county.

Steve Holm/Middle River EMT "Hunting season we have coming up. People fall out of deer stands, car accidents, medical, cardiac emergencies. Things like that."

Steve Holm is in charge of the Middle River Rescue squad. He says at one time they had more the 20 emergency medical technicians volunteering in this small community of 300 people.

Steve Holm: "And they are great for getting people to volunteer. We have been lucky. Have been here 29 years. That we have had the ambulance here and we have alway managed fine."

Two EMTs are required to be on every call. There are currently just six people who fill the schedule.

Steve Holm: "An every other weekend they are on call. Either days or nights. So it's getting to be a worry about burning out the EMTs we got here. They need help."

Holm says they will provide training for those that meet the qualifications. There's an initial fee for books and classes that will be reimbursed with a years worth of service.

If you are interested in EMT training, with all cost reimbursed after one year of service in the community.

There is an informational meeting tomorrow night at the Middle River Ambulance garage.