Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants to make it easier for rural volunteer emergency medical technicians to get their required training. Simon testified before the House EMS Task Force, formed this summer to address problems facing first responders in rural areas. Simon says many rural EMTs are squeezed financially when asked to complete training in person, which is how most of it is done.
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“The ambulance services they work for often can’t afford to pay for that training, so we’re asking folks not only to volunteer, but to pay for their own training, which is often something they can only obtain by going away somewhere else,” she says. Simon says not everything can be taught online, including hands-on CPR training. The Illinois Department of Public Health currently allows EMTs to complete 25 percent of their training online.