Keyano College has recently become one of very few schools in Alberta to include a fully operational ambulance as a training tool in its Pre-Hospital Care programs.
This has been made possible thanks to Wapose Medical Services’ unique donation of a 2003 Demers Mystere ambulance – the first donation of its kind to the Foundation’s Equipped for the Future initiative, which was launched in response to the College’s need to expand training opportunities while cutting lease and purchase costs of the required technology and equipment.
Wapose Medical Services is a local Aboriginal owned health, safety and medical services company. Ryan Pruden, President and founder of the company and a former Keyano College student, is proud to support Keyano’s training initiatives via this donation.
Pruden established Wapose Medical Services in 2004 as he firmly believed that a local company would be uniquely suited to meet the needs of industry and that vacancies should be filled with locally trained health care professionals.
“With the growing demand of our business needs in the community we feel that this type of contribution is vital, enabling us to hire EMTs, paramedics and nurses locally. We spend thousands of dollars every year to bring in workers from throughout Canada. As local training in these specialized courses increases we will become less reliant on external sources.”
Brad Grainger, Coordinator, Pre-Hospital Care Programs, Keyano College, is grateful for the donation, which he says gives his students an added training advantage.
“On behalf of our students and instructors I would like to personally thank Wapose Medical Services for the donation of an ambulance,” noted Grainger.
“Over the last three to four years Keyano College Pre-Hospital Care Programs have introduced several new simulation tools as we updated and enhanced our equipment to remain cutting edge. Wapose’s donation will improve our ability to provide a realistic teaching environment for our students,” Grainger added.
“One of the things we cannot simulate in a classroom is the experience of trying to save a life in the confined space of a moving ambulance,” said Cindy Amerongen, Vice President, External Relations. “We are looking forward to adding this teaching element to our programs. The Equipped for the Future initiative is strengthened by this donation from Wapose Medical Services.”
Guy Harmer, Dean, Academic & Career Programs, Keyano College, appreciates the support and agrees this donation will uniquely benefit the students of Keyano and the Wood Buffalo region.
“The donation of the ambulance to our Pre-Hospital Care Programs will significantly aide in the training of paramedic professionals at Keyano College. To have easy access to an ambulance as part of one’s training will give students a realistic environment in which to practice their skills.”