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March 21, 2013

Local EMT recognized for 30 years of service

NORMAN — A Norman EMT was recently recognized by the board of directors for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 30 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered EMT — an honor held by few EMTs.

Norman Fire Department Capt. Dennis Mitchell was nationally registered as a Basic EMT in 1983 and has been serving the Norman community since 1981.

By maintaining his Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Mitchell is among the few EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.

He completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMTs in America to maintain his status. He completed courses to refresh his fundamental knowledge and skills and also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new, life-saving skills.

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.

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