FVCC Hosts Community Discussion on Emergency Preparedness

By Beacon Staff

In honor of the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and National Preparedness Month, Flathead Valley Community College is hosting a public discussion on emergency preparedness this week.

Kris Long, director of FVCC’s paramedicine and emergency management program, is leading the event on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the board room inside Blake Hall.

The discussion will involve the national campaign that encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, business and communities. National Preparedness month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Long was recently recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Board of Directors for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered emergency medical technician. This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs. By maintaining her registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Long is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.

In Montana, Long also has been involved with emergency medical services (EMS) at Polson Ambulance, Three Rivers EMS and Smith Valley Fire Department. In 2009, she founded West Flathead EMS where she serves as the EMS captain for the volunteer fire department.

For more information, contact the FVCC Service Learning Office at 756-3908.

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