EMS Director Jeri Smith, of the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department, was named the Region IV regional education coordinator by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), which recently announced appointments for its regional and state educational coordinators in the U.S.
“I am honored to have been selected,” Smith said.
Region IV comprises 11 states — Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
Smith previously has served as regional coordinator for the Advanced Medical Life Support Program.
While serving in that capacity, she wrote material for the Advanced Medical Life Support Second Edition textbook and instructor materials.
“I will continue to teach, monitor courses and set up new course sites,” Smith said.
When asked if she would continue to write for textbooks, she said she would if requested by the education committee or publisher.
Smith also serves as a member of the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.
She was appointed last year by Gov. Sam Brownback to serve the remainder of a four-year term vacated by Wendy Gronau. That term will last until May 31, 2018.
Smith attends the board’s bimonthly committee and board meetings. She also serves on the Education and Planning & Operations committees.
Formed in 1975 and more than 50,000 members strong, NAEMT is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile health care practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics and mobile integrated health care practitioners.
NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire-EMS departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and the military.
City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson contributed to this report.