First EMT lead mitigation class graduates in Flint

Published: Jan. 6, 2017 at 6:29 PM EST
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(01/06/17) -To deal with the challenges that have come along with the water emergency, a specially trained group of medical professionals is key.

One emergency medical service is helping residents to earn that training, and Friday, the first class of the pilot program graduated.

Eight students of the Universal EMS School glowed with accomplishment at Friday afternoon's ceremony.

They become the first EMT Lead Mitigation Specialist graduates. Their training has covered the following topics: Lead mitigation techniques, recognizing the physical signs of lead poisoning, psychological first aid and mental health first aid.

Wanda Stokes, director of the state's Talent Investment Agency, served as the keynote speaker.

"We understood the importance of having specialized medical staff in the city of Flint to understand the importance of lead mitigation and recognizing the stressors brought on by the water poisoning," said Danette Johnson, director of Universal EMS School.

A partnership between Universal Medical Group, Mission Flint, MiWorks GST, Orchard's Children Services, Inc., Workforce Development Agency, and the Flint Genesee Health Coalition made the course possible.

Jan. 30 is the next class for the specialized EMT training. You can call (810) 744-1117 for more information.