Local EMT recognized for 20 years of service

Chuck Hamilton, a paramedic with Tri-County Joint Ambulance Service in Newcomerstown, 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 his status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Hamilton completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for the Emergency Medical Technicians in America. He not only completed courses to refresh his fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new lifesaving skills.

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

Hamilton was nationally registered as a paramedic in 1990 and has been serving the Newcomerstown area since 1993. Hamilton has also worked for other services in both Ohio and Arkansas, and has received numerous awards for his service and dedication. Some of Hamilton's additional accomplishments include Disaster Rescue and Recovery, Repelling Rescue and Recovery Instructor and Fire Science and Operations training.

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.