I still believe UVM is entirely student run, it has been since it inception and was when I was a member. St. Mikes has a paid college staff member that oversees the operation. UVM is student run with advisers from the university. I could be wrong as time has passed. St. Mike also runs a student staff FD that handles campus calls and mutual aid in the area of VT. St. Mikes built a beautiful new station and has added some nice apparatus over the years. All great organizations, great places to practice EMS and live. Thoroughly missed on my end!
SMRS is a part of Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Department (CCVFD), their command staff, at least on the fire side is a much more entrenched, hierarchical command staff and officers. As for their rescue department, their Paramedics are paid (on-call,when needed) as is some of their staffing is former members and etc. As for UVM, while they cover the majority of their operations with students, there are reasons regarding staffing of crew chiefs and drivers why other members of outside organizations have had to run with them in the past. All that said, it is amazing what these kids are able to handle. UVM handles an extremely large number of calls as year as does SMRS.
I truly do enjoy practicing EMS in this corner of Vermont. Standards are extremely high and so is this level of professionalism and dedication of all members both paid and volunteer. Practicing is most definitely different than practicing back in New York.
DWC295, the NICU truck was sold to Vermont State Childrens Hospital to be used as their NICU transport rig. It is operated by FACT if I remember correctly. I will see if I can get a picture, it is frequently at FAHC.
Edited by SRS131EMTFF, 18 October 2011 - 08:18 PM.
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