MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Delegate Joe Statler, R-Monongalia-77, said the need for EMT personnel across West Virginia is urgent and grows each day. MetroNews published an article with Statler’s perspective.

“Preston County I believe has lost three squads, and another one is struggling to hang on,” Statler said on WAJR’s Talk of the Town. “So, we know there’s a great need for these young men and women.”

Greg Dausch, principal of the Monongalia County Technical Education Center (MTEC), presented Statler with an idea to create a class that prepares students for the state exam. Statler was able to secure $169,000 to establish the program.

“And from there we kept working with the superintendent of schools,” Statler said. “Board member Ron Lytle has been in step with me every step of the way making people available that we needed to talk to.”

Dausch said MTEC will offer the course along with the Shirley M. Kimble Training Center, which has been training to healthcare providers and basic training for lay rescuers since 1992. More than 400 instructors there train more than 3,000 people each year.