RAPID CITY, S.D. – The 48th annual South Dakota Emergency Medical Services Conference was held this past weekend in Rapid City.
It featured approximately 400 in-person and virtual attendees, offering 16.5 hours of training.
Every two years, paramedics require 60 hours of educational training. Advanced EMTs need 40 hours, and EMS and EMTs need 20 hours.
This conference not only provides education on new techniques, physical training, and technological devices but also focuses on inspiring younger generations to become certified and join these critical services.
In the Black Hills, about 90% of the ambulance staff are volunteers.