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.

mobile ambulance simulator
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!