As of Aug. 1, the Marion County Ambulance District will be able to offer more training opportunities, including for critical care.

Chief John Nemes reported to the Marion County Ambulance District Board of Directors at their meeting last week that the district’s EMT and paramedic program has merged with the University of Missouri’s Healthcare Program, making Marion County a satellite location for the program.

In addition, the board set the tax rate for the district, learned of incident stress debriefings, discussed the new building and learned of a pilot program the district will be participating in.

Nemes said the discussion started with MU as the district was exploring critical care and trying to bring that program to the county. By 2020, the district is hoping to have a critical care course offered in Marion County.

There is no cost for the new program, he said, adding it will be a benefit not only to district employees but other emergency entities as well.

“The benefits are far and wide,” Nemes said. “This is big for Northeast Missouri.”

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.