Local EMT Recognized for 20 Years of Service

  • June 29, 2011

Barb Booton, EMT-P with Brookings Health System, is recognized by ambulance manager Gordon Dekkenga for her 20 years of service as a Nationally Registered EMT.

Barb Booton, an emergency medical technician-paramedic (EMT-P) with Brookings Health System, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered EMT. This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.

To maintain her status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Booton completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America. She not only completed courses to refresh her fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance her knowledge on new lifesaving skills.

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

Booton was National Registered as a paramedic in 1991 and has been serving the Brookings community since 1992. She has 33 years of experience in emergency medical services (EMS), becoming an EMT in 1978. Prior to serving Brookings, Booton worked in the Council Bluffs, Iowa, area.

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.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.