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        Colbie Fandrich is one of the youngest certified EMTs the Wishek Ambulance Service has seen in a long time.  Having just graduated from Wishek High School this spring, his interest in serving with the ambulance squad started last year after a conversation with his aunt, Felicia Huber Sampson.  “She said she loved her job and was starting a class up the spring of 2013.  I thought I should try it,” recalls Colbie.  So far, it has proved to be a good fit.
        Colbie has ridden in the ambulance about 35 times since EMT classes started last April, working with several patients on his own, “so far, they have been pretty basic, nothing too life threatening.”  Colbie anticipates the calls that come once or twice a week to suit up.  Colbie has been impressed with how the WHC paramedics and experienced EMTs handle emergency situations.  “Everybody is willing to help out.  Jo Vilhauer makes sure everything is going smooth, Felicia (Sampson) and Bruce (Dalke) are really supportive, and the team will cover for you if you need it.”  Colbie and his other trainees went through the SIM Truck training in May, giving them experience with real-life emergency situations.   “They made me take charge of a whole scenario and do everything by myself.  It really gave me more confidence in what I’m doing,” says Colbie.
        His advice for those considering becoming an EMT ranges from being prepared for blood, to making sure you can be in town for your 12 hour on-call shifts. “It can be quite a commitment, but it’s so positive to help out your community.  It’s an awesome experience.  You have to be able to handle (medical) situations, and you will possibly get to save a life, which is a really cool thing.  These are good skills to have throughout your life.”  Colbie will be attending Bismarck State College for Instrumentation and Control Technology this fall and plans on continuing to use his EMT skills in the future.

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