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EVOC training in Eagle Butte certifies four EMT drivers for CRST

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Health Education Department held an emergency vehicle operations course on May 22, 2018 in Eagle Butte.

Emergency Medical Services technicians are at the basic level of emergency medical technicain training in a three-tiered first responder classification system that includes EMT-Basic, EMT-intermediate, EMT-Critical Care, and EMT-Paramedic.

EMS students Caleb Kennedy, Wyatt Miner, Stalin High Elk, Terri Lesmeister, Allison Charging Eagle, Wambli Little Spotted Horse participated in the EVOC training and were certified EVOC drivers for the CRST Emergency Response System.

“EMS is solely the services provided for out-of-hospital patients who are in need to be transferred to a hospital or other facilities for more serious medical treatment and focus. The levels of services provided are basic life support, advanced life support, traditional health care professions, and in some cases, intermediate life support,” according to

“South Dakota Emergency Medical Technicians are under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health,” according to

Terri Lesmeister, Wambli Little Spotted Horse, Wyatt Miner, Caleb Kennedy, and kneeling are EMS Instructor Harold Tiger and Stalin High Elk. Allison Charging Eagle is not pictured. Photo submitted

To become an EMT, students must meet the standards of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, a third party national certification organization.