ATU-Ozark and Fort Smith EMS Announce Innovative Partnership

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and Fort Smith Emergency Medical Services formally announced a new partnership on Monday, June 4, during the dedication of the renovated home for Fort Smith EMS.

U.S. Representatives Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman joined other dignitaries in celebrating the $1.2 million expansion and remodeling of the EMS facility at 3417 Duke Avenue in Fort Smith.

The expansion allowed for the creation of a 2,500-square foot EMS education center in partnership with ATU-Ozark, as well as remodeling of the administration headquarters and an addition of 6,000 square feet of space for ambulances, crew lodging and storage.

“The partnership between ATU-Ozark and Fort Smith EMS allows for an innovative approach to teaching paramedics by increasing accessibility,” said Bruce Sikes, chancellor at ATU-Ozark. “By utilizing technology, ATU-Ozark’s EMS instructors can stream classes to and from the new facility. This is a great development for health care providers and health care recipients in our region.”

Graduates of the paramedic/emergency medical services program at ATU-Ozark are prepared for careers in air and ground emergency medical services, fire departments, medical centers and industry. Dignity, empathy and tolerance are among the personal characteristics the program aims to develop.

“The mission of ATU-Ozark, in partnership with the community, is to provide quality education and training to allow all students to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to become contributing members in the workforce,” said Dr. Michael Murders, chief academic officer at ATU-Ozark. “This extension of our paramedic program into Fort Smith exemplifies what we do. This is a partnership with Fort Smith Emergency Medical Services to provide access to students in Sebastian and Crawford counties, as well as help meet the demands of the Arkansas River Valley EMS and fire services.”

To learn more, contact the ATU-Ozark Office of Student Services at (479) 667-2117.