PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) – Education is crucial during a health crisis like the one we are experiencing today. For Paula Johnson of Princeton Rescue Squad, who oversees their education department, their agency doesn’t take it lightly.
âThe more you understand, the better you can help prevent disease transmission,â Johnsaid said. “Being able to identify these signs and symptoms will help you know when is the best time to turn on EMS and get us out and control this scene so you can take care of these people.”
The regular teaching of such an important skill set paved the way for a prestigious seal of approval. On Monday, April 20, 2020, ACCET, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education and Training, recognized Princeton Rescue Squad as a higher education institution by the United States Department of Education. They are the only emergency medical services agency in West Virginia to receive him.
âTwo years of work, of trying to build an agenda, to build an institutionâ¦ is a huge achievement,â Johnson said.
ACCET accreditation means that the curriculum taught by the Princeton Rescue Squad Education Department is identical, meeting the expectations of a community college or technical school.
âWhatever information we provide them, whatever training we provideâ¦ an education is standard, solid training that helps them in these difficult times,â Johnson said.
Johnson said ACCET accreditation now allows Princeton Rescue Squad to later apply for Title 4 funding for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.