Iowa Insights: Training thousands for emergencies

Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

For most people, the wail of an ambulance siren barely registers. It’s just part of the soundtrack of life in a city. But sirens signal more than an emergency. They announce that trained professionals are behind the wheel, poised to perform extraordinary tasks.

At The University of Iowa, the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center trains thousands of individuals in emergency procedures each year. In the December edition of Iowa Insights, Doug York, the center’s director, talks about the course work, the center’s experienced staff and what it takes to be cut out for work that—quite literally—is a matter of life or death.

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