Washington County Ambulance District Announces New Paramedic Graduates & Growth

January 25, 2023

Potosi - Jan. 23, 2023 - Washington County Ambulance District announced 8 new paramedic graduates at their January 18th Board of Directors Meeting.

“This class of paramedics will do great things for our community,” said Justin Duncan, Chief at Washington County Ambulance District. (Pictured: Jamie Craft, Matt Hart, Jonathan Moore, Jessica Slape, Melissa Sansoucie, and Angela Benson. Not pictured: Megan Wienecke and Dawson Koen)

Community Impact

Washington County residents can rely on first responders that are well trained and eager to continue learning. Washington County Ambulance District, through their robust education program, has recently secured grant funding that will improve education and economic development for our community.

All of these students were working for the District as EMTs while they completed their paramedic training. Workforce shortages continue to be a challenge across all industries and the ambulance district is working diligently to “grow our own” through a unique partnership with Mineral Area College.

Increased demand for Emergency Medical Services continues to strain the workforce. The ambulance district had 6,186 calls for service in 2022 with efficient run times and above industry standard for clinical outcomes. The ambulance district is in a strong position to meet and exceed expectations for our community.

“The Board of Directors and I are very proud to honor this new graduating class of paramedics,” said Justin Duncan, Washington County Ambulance District. “We will continue to support educational opportunities to ensure our community has well trained Emergency Medical Services (EMS) clinicians.”

Washington County Ambulance District is committed to uniting our healthcare community, with the highest quality critical, emergent, and non-emergent mobile healthcare to the patients we serve. Duncan announced that the District is growing with new educational opportunities added, expansion of the mobile integrated healthcare network, and regional partnerships.

Officially established in 1981, Washington County Ambulance District has grown to be a crucial partner in our healthcare providers. The district is poised to fulfill its mission - It is the mission of the Washington County Ambulance District to be pioneers of the healthcare community.

Duncan said, “We strive to unite the healthcare community by being leaders in pre-hospital and inter-hospital clinical care. ​ We are committed to providing the highest quality critical, emergent, and non-emergent mobile healthcare to the patients we serve. We will achieve these goals by offering ‘second to none’ clinical services, education standards, medical equipment, and vehicles. ​ We are committed to embracing the theory of “pre-hospital clinician” and challenging the status quo. We strive for excellence and are committed to quality. We will serve our community with a commitment to diligent resource management and fiscal responsibility.”