The inaugural Palm Beach State College Invitational, held May 1-6 at the College’s Lake Worth campus, saw over 250 professional firefighters, paramedics and police officers, from Tallahassee to Miami, as well as Canada, compete to see who could most skillfully and quickly solve complex rescue challenges.
The event featured four types of public safety challenges: vehicle extrication, rapid intervention rescue, an EMS challenge, and motorcycle riding. Each competition consisted of preliminary and final rounds, with trophies awarded to the winners. … Continue reading PBSC Invitational scores big with first responders
Matt Keeler, director of Palm Beach State College’s Emergency Medical Services programs, has been elected to the board of directors of the Florida Association of EMS Educators. He will serve a three-year term as a director-at-large for FAEMSE, a member-based association organized to foster excellence in EMS education and training.
Keeler is the first FAEMSE board member to represent Palm Beach State College, which has one of the largest EMS programs in the state. PBSC prepares emergency medical technicians and paramedics and offers an Associate in Science degree in Emergency Medical Services. … Continue reading Keeler named to statewide board of EMS educators
Cassandra Rose has twin passions: art and medicine. Now her worlds have joined together in a wall art project for Palm Beach State College’s Emergency Medical Services programs.
Graduating this month from the Paramedic program, Rose just completed painting the corridor walls of the EMS section of the PSC building, part of the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus.
Featuring a caduceus and electrocardiogram heartbeat, the wall art was requisitioned by Matt Keeler, … Continue reading Paramedic student’s art becomes heartbeat of EMS department
More than 20 students’ lives were forever changed after the Foundation for Palm Beach State College was awarded a historic $153,000 gift from the Rotary Club of Boca Raton to establish scholarships for students pursuing vocational and career programs, including public safety, emergency response, trades and STEM related fields.
The gift is the largest and one of several the Rotary Club has given to the College Foundation over the years to help students succeed.
“I felt like Santa Claus telling my students the great news that they were chosen as recipients,” said Matt Keeler, … Continue reading The Rotary Club of Boca Raton issues historic scholarship gift to PBSC
The first all-female paramedic team from Palm Beach State College is continuing the College’s longtime streak of bringing home the metal from first-responder competitions.
The team of Dema Ammar, Brooke Stark and Madison Waite finished first in the student division at the 24th Annual “First There, First Care” Conference, held June 14-15 at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood. They outscored the other six student teams and placed ninth in overall scoring, … Continue reading PBSC’s all-female paramedic team wins EMS competition
William Barbre and Patricia Drake of Palm Beach State College’s Emergency Medical Services department were recognized Friday with Distinguished Service Awards from the Palm Beach County EMS Providers Association.
The association, which consists of the county’s fire rescue departments and education providers like Palm Beach State, meets monthly to share information and protocols. However, once a year they take the time to honor outstanding members.
Bruce Arbeit, the clinical coordinator for PBSC’s Paramedic and EMT programs, … Continue reading EMS staff take home honors
The “Panthermedics” are on the prowl and winning. This team of Palm Beach State College Paramedic students placed first in the student division at the 2016 Bill Shearer International ALS/BLS (Advanced and Basic Life Support) Competition at the ClinCon Conference, held July 13-15 in Orlando.
The prestigious annual competition pits national and international emergency medical services teams against each other in realistic prehospital care scenarios. A parallel competition for school EMS teams allows students to test their skills in the same scenarios. … Continue reading PBSC Paramedic students win ClinCon competition
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Once a heart stops, despite all efforts by paramedics and emergency medical technicians, it’s extremely rare to get it started again. Even if successful, the patient almost never fully recovers.
That’s why it’s so remarkable that over the past several months, four Palm Beach State Emergency Medical Services students have helped bring cardiac arrest victims back to life in the field. Each student was doing required “clinicals,” with either a county fire rescue station or hospital. … Continue reading Four EMS students recognized for saving lives