Keller Gifts Ambulance to NWSCC

Pictured with the donated ambulance (left to right): NW-SCC EMS students; Bruce Carson, Helen Keller Hospital EMS Director; Dr. Chris DeMorse, NW-SCC EMS Program Director; Todd Oyen, NW-SCC EMS Instructor; NW-SCC EMS students (NW-SCC Photo)

MUSCLE SHOALS -- Helen Keller Hospital donated a 2007 Ford ambulance to the Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program this week. The ambulance will be used to train students on simulating emergency calls.

According to Rose Jones, NW-SCC Associate Dean of Workforce Development, receiving the ambulance is a direct result of the partnership between the College and hospital. “We have such a strong relationship with Helen Keller Hospital and our other area hospitals,” said Jones. “This addition of the new ambulance will help the College’s EMS program train students in all aspects of mobile emergency services.”

The EMS program at NW-SCC is designed to prepare students in basic and advanced emergency care in clinical and field environments. Graduates of the program often work for local fire and rescue departments, ambulance services, and emergency departments within medical facilities.

“We have a great partnership,” said Bruce Carson, Helen Keller Hospital EMS Director. “Most of our employees are graduates of the EMS program at NW-SCC. This is a great way for us to give back to the school and invest in our community. It will also help produce great EMTs and paramedics.”

NW-SCC President, Dr. Glenda Colagross, expressed her gratitude to Helen Keller Hospital on behalf of NW-SCC. “The college is very appreciative of our friends at Helen Keller Hospital and the opportunities the new ambulance will give our students. We are always trying to provide our students with the resources they need to be successful in the workforce.”

For more information on the EMS program at NW-SCC, visit or contact Dr. Chris DeMorse, EMS Program Director, at (256) 331-5336 or email to