NFC Connections Spring 2021 - Page 8

Pictured with NFC ’ s new training ambulance are , left to right , NFC Associate Dean of Economic Development and Workforce Education Rick Davis , NFC Director of Resource Development Judy Lundell , NFC Director of EMS Programs Mike Kirkland , Madison County EMS and Fire Chief Allen Clayton , NFC Dean of Academic Affairs Jennifer Page , and NFC Maintenance Mechanic Jeff Kreyling .


Education and partnership was the focus of a

recent deal struck between North Florida College and the Madison County Emergency Medical Services and Fire department . With approval from the Madison County Board of County Commissioners , Madison County EMS and Fire Chief Allen Clayton donated a 2008 ambulance from the county ' s emergency vehicle fleet to the College .
According to Mike Kirkland , Director of EMS Programs at NFC , the new ambulance will greatly benefit EMS simulation training - " We are able to retire an outdated EMS vehicle and continue to offer opportunities for students to realistically train for realworld scenarios within the ambulance space . This type of training is crucial to our students ' success ."
As a result of the ambulance donation , the NFC Foundation designated one full NFC Paramedic program scholarship , valued at $ 6,000 with textbooks , to Madison County EMS and Fire . The scholarship allows an Emergency Medical Technician to receive paramedic training at NFC without cost to the county .
NFC ' s EMT and paramedic programs are nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( CAAHEP ), offering graduates state and national certification opportunities . The four-month EMT program offers quick training for graduates to enter the workforce and is the first step for students looking to become paramedics . NFC ' s shift-friendly courses allow EMTs to easily return to the classroom and work training around existing work and life schedules . For more information on NFC EMS programs , contact Mike Kirkland at 850-973-1673 or email kirklandm @ nfc . edu . More information is also available at www . nfc . edu .