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Fairmont Story: North Central West Virginia EMS personnel receive medic bags through ‘Answer the Call’ initiative


RIPLEY, W.Va. (January 17, 2023) — First-out bag distribution events continue across the Mountain State this week with stops in Jackson and Wood counties at West Virginia University Parkersburg’s two locations.

POCA, W.Va. (November 3, 2022) — Leaders from Medline were on hand for the first delivery of 252 Answer the Call sponsored EMS bags. Approximately 700 more bags are scheduled to be delivered to the warehouse in Poca next week.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (September 21, 2022) — Paramedic and EMT students at Mountwest Community & Technical College got a first-hand look at one of the Answer the Call mobile ambulance simulators yesterday. Project partners Healthnet Aeromedical Services were there to give students a tour of the simulators and equipment and answer any questions.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 12, 2022) — Today we celebrated the unveiling of two of the five state-of-the-art mobile ambulance simulators with Governor Jim Justice at the West Virginia State Capitol as part of the EMS WV: Answer the Call initiative.

Dr. Cynthia Persily, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, spoke about the importance of the program, and Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s Chancellor of Higher Education, presented the first medic pack to Darrin Crosier and Shiann Hossler, new Kanawha County EMTs who have already been trained through the Governor’s initiative.

Dr. Pamela Alderman, President of Southern WV Community & Technical College, Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, President of New River Community and Technical College, and Dr. Joshua Baker, President of Mountwest Community & Technical College, joined Chancellor Tucker and Dr. Persily for the celebration, along with EMS instructors from across the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.

Thank you to project partner HealthNet Aeromedical Services for being on hand to provide tours of the mobile ambulance simulators to guests and legislators. To learn more about the EMS WV: Answer the Call initiative, visit

Man stocking supplies in mobile ambulance simulator.
Inside of mobile ambulance simulator.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 7, 2022) — Five mobile ambulance simulators are preparing for launch as part of Governor Jim Justice’s EMS WV: Answer the Call initiative. These simulators are loaded with innovative equipment for future Emergency Medical Services students across the Mountain State to experience quality, low-to-no-cost training close to home.

Project partner HealthNet Aeromedical Services will manage the simulators on behalf of the West Virginia Community & Technical College System. ­­­­­

Fully wrapped Answer the Call mobile ambulance simulator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 19, 2022) — This week, four mobile ambulance simulators arrived from the manufacturer, with one more expected to be delivered Saturday, August 20. These vehicles are part of Governor Jim Justice’s EMS WV: Answer the Call initiative to address the need for more trained Emergency Medical Services professionals across West Virginia.

The simulators are currently being wrapped with Answer the Call graphics, the seal of the Governor, and logos from the West Virginia Community & Technical College System and project partner HealthNet Aeromedical Services.

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mobile ambulance simulator backend

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 1, 2022) — Five mobile ambulance simulators will expand Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education across the Mountain State as part of Governor Jim Justice’s EMS WV: Answer the Call initiative. These mobile ambulance simulators, purchased with $10 million in CARES Act funding, allow community and technical colleges and select training facilities the opportunity to take EMS education outside the classroom and expand training into rural and remote areas.

These state-of-the-art ambulances are outfitted with high-fidelity mannequins, allowing students to experience intense, realistic environments that are impossible to simulate in the traditional classroom. Set to arrive in West Virginia late this summer, these simulators will provide students with crucial skills needed to thrive in the EMS field.

HealthNet Aeromedical Services will manage the simulators on behalf of the West Virginia Community & Technical College System. Stay tuned for more updates!

EMT-B class planned at New River CTC 

BEAVER, W.Va. — New River Community and Technical College is offering an EMT-B class starting in January to help students pursue a career in the emergency medical services field.

Earning an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certification allows someone to provide emergency responder care, including basic lifesaving care and first aid. EMT-B lab classes are scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. in Ghent on Tuesdays, in Summersville on Fridays and in Lewisburg on Saturdays starting the week of Jan. 16, 2023. The class is offered in a hybrid format allowing students to choose the time and location to attend the weekly lab portion of the class that works best for them. New River CTC’s EMT-B course is a 156-hour class.

New River CTC’s EMT-B class is approved for tuition assistance funding through Workforce West Virginia’s WIOA program and Workforce HEAPS.

Students interested in continuing their education after earning the EMT-B certification will be prepared to continue their education in New River CTC’s Certificate of Applied Science in Paramedic and test for the National Registry Paramedic Certification by completing one additional semester at the college.

Advance registration is required for the course by Jan. 6, 2023. For more information on workforce education offerings at New River CTC or to register, visit or contact Gloria Kincaid (304-793-6101,

New River CTC’s Workforce Education Division provides community education classes and employable educational opportunities including noncredit courses, workforce development programs and customized training.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeast and south-central West Virginia: Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers and Webster. The College offers classes online, in Beaver at the Raleigh County Campus, in Ghent at the Advanced Technology Center, in Hinton at Summers County ARH Hospital, in Lewisburg at the Greenbrier Valley Campus, in Marlinton at One Room University, in Princeton at the Mercer County Campus and in Summersville at the Nicholas County Campus.

Princeton Rescue Squad now hosting NREMT exams at Karen Preservati Center


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Princeton Rescue Squad recently announced that they are now permitted to host NREMT (National Registry of EMTs) exams at their Karen Preservati Center for all levels of certification.

This is a great opportunity for community members in the region to sit for their certification exam locally and reduce travel time to other more remote sites. For more information, contact Paula Johnson at or (304) 716-0129 ext. 602.

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