Owensboro Community and Technical College Announces New Paramedic Program

Paramedic shortages are becoming very common, not only in Owensboro, but Nation wide. This program will give first responders the opportunity to double medics every year, instead of two.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 3:46 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 3:51 PM

Coming January 2022, OCTC will provide an accelerated program for paramedics in Owensboro-Daviess County.

This is a partnership between OCTC, AMR, Owensboro Fire Department, and the Daviess County Fire Department to advance current EMTs to Paramedics. "Giving us 12 paramedics to rotate between 3 entities, will help us fill the void we're experiencing just with COVID, not even the shortage," says LT.Jake Cox with OFD.

Officials say 12 will start the program in January and graduate by December. They will still have to take all the normal tests to begin work.

"They're spending the same amount of time as they would In a 4 year program, just compressing it into one," says OCTC President, Dr.Scott Williams

President of OCTC, Dr.Scott Williams says this would not be possible without city leaders coming together to address and respond to this growing issue.

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It was another chilly start across the Tri-State; while we only dipped as low as 43° in Evansville, many others across the Tri-State fell into the upper 30s earlier this morning. The cool air didn't linger long however, temperatures quickly reached back into the mid 70s across the region this afternoon - higher pressure camped out over the southeastern quarter of the country will continue to keep the skies above the Tri-State clear while gradually driving temperatures higher over the next few days. Despite our anticipated southerly winds this evening, you may still want to grab a jacket before your head out to dinner; after seeing a temperature near 64° around dinnertime, we'll fall off toward the mid to upper 50s by 10 o'clock. Overnight lows will again dwindle into the mid to low 40s for the majority of the Ohio Valley early Tuesday morning.
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