EMS grad works as paramedic at North Memorial
Over the course of 10 days in July 2017, Simone Ramler ran from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Portland, Oregon, traversing Washington state from north to south as part of a team of 17 people from all over the United States. The Washington Run was a project of Venture, a Christian charitable organization that works in Southeast Asia, helping people in crisis due to poverty, military oppression, human trafficking, slavery, child soldiering and displacement.
The Washington Run raised nearly $35,000 to fund Venture’s refugee food programs along the Thailand-Myanmar border, which is ground zero for a devastating civil war that has made more than 4 million people homeless. Hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to live in displacement camps in the region. Simone alone raised $2,235, besting her $2,150 goal.
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“We all ran together for a ten-mile training run on our first day,” Simone said. “After that, we split into teams that would run in relays during the day. Each runner would cover fifteen to twenty-one miles a day in two to three separate runs. We had a support van and stayed in churches overnight. We kept all our gear in eighteen-gallon bins.”
On her fourth day out, Simone injured her knee on a strenuous downhill slope and had to run through the pain the rest of the way. One run on a state park trail surrounded by giant rain forest trees stood out as the most scenic.
“We all ran together again on the last leg of the trip,” Simone said. “When we were done, we jumped in the Columbia River.”
In February 2017, Simone went on another Venture expedition, spending a month in Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand with a metro population topping 960,000.
“We were working with Feed My Starving Children to support food programs along the Thai border with Burma (Myanmar),” Simone said. “We would go on two-hour morning motorbike rides to the mountain of Phu Chi Fa and watch the sunrise through the clouds. The view was incredibly beautiful.”
In July 2015, Simone traveled to Honduras for two weeks to work as a volunteer paramedic at Copán Ruinas, a small town on the Guatemalan border near the famous pre-Colombian ruins of Copán.
“It was just me and one doctor,” she remembered. “We worked all day long helping people from the surrounding area, which is extremely impoverished.”
Life as a paramedic
Originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota, Simone was home-schooled until her junior year when she became a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) student. She attended St. Cloud State University, taking two years of generals, and completed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course at St. Cloud Technical & Community College. She went on to graduate from the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program at Inver Hills Community College, earning her Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in 2015.
“Being an EMS student was a very fun, challenging experience,” Simone recalled. “Life in the program can be very stressful at times, and you don’t have much free time between your school schedule, clinical shifts, ride-alongs and work. You learn to get used to not sleeping much, and it can be hard not seeing your family or friends very often. I really loved the camaraderie between the other students in the program, though. Everyone understands what you’re going through and they are willing to help you out.”
Three words that describe you as a paramedic:
LEVEL-HEADED. COMPASSIONATE. DETAIL-ORIENTED.
While going to school at Inver Hills, Simone worked as an EMT and security officer at Valley Fair. She also took on an EMT role at North Memorial Ambulance Service. The latter experience led to a full-time job as a paramedic at the North Memorial location in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
“I work twelve-hour shifts with a partner,” Simone said, “and we rotate driving and patient care after every stop. We bid on our shifts and I work the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. night shift. I love the hours. You get three to four days off a week.”
She really likes the variety that goes with work as a paramedic in a major metropolitan area. She also has the disposition to stay focused and calm in situations that can be extraordinarily stressful and traumatic, including incidents involving illegal drug use, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings and other assaults that require a police presence.
“You place a lot of trust in your partner,” she said. “You never know what’s going to happen next.”
Simone reported that a number of EMS graduates from her class work with her at North Memorial Ambulance and she usually partners with all of them during any given month. One of the grads is Victoria Neunsinger, who traveled to Australia with Simone in January 2015 as part of a five-member group of Inver EMTs who won scholarships to visit Bendigo, a city near Melbourne in extreme southeastern Australia .
To learn more, read “Five EMS Students Heading for Australia” on Inver Hills News.
“On our Qantas flight to Australia, the passenger just in front of Victoria and me had a seizure,” Simone said. “We worked with our flight attendants to help care for him.”
More about Simone…
Simone resides in Plymouth, Minnesota, with her cat, a 3-year-old rag doll named Phoebe. She has a twin brother, Charlie, 23, who manages a Life Time Fitness location. Other siblings include three brothers, Derek, 17, Jason, 6, and Lucas, 4, and one sister, Josie, 15. In her free time, Simone loves to run, typically four to five times a week with distances ranging from four to eight to 15 miles. She finished Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth this past June and plans to complete the Twin Cities Marathon this coming October.
“At Grandma’s, everyone told me I would hit the wall at twenty miles,” Simone said with a smile. “I worried about how that would feel so I made sure to pace myself.”
When the 20-mile mark arrived during the 26.2-mile race, Simone discovered she felt great and actually increased her speed.
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About the Inver Hills EMS program
First responders, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are primarily employed in
- Public safety agencies
- Private and public ambulance services
- Fire departments
They provide care in a variety of emergency medical and traumatic situations. With enough education or experience, EMTs and paramedics can become emergency service supervisors, managers, directors or executive directors.
As a program graduate, you are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) written and practical exams to become certified nationally and in the state of Minnesota.
EMS Information Sessions
Interested in learning more about the exciting career opportunities in the Emergency Medical Services field? Sign up to attend an information session to hear more about our EMT program, Paramedic program, and additional certification opportunities.
To learn more, contact Jeff Morgan, EMS director, at 651-450-3397
Simone Ramler Q & A
What are your long-range educational plans?
I’m not thinking about anything specific right now, but I am interested in learning more about critical care. I’ve also thought about getting training to work for North Memorial Health Air Care.
What are your long-range career goals?
I would like to become a registered nurse (RN) down the road.
What did you like best about Inver Hills?
I remember how supportive the faculty and staff were. The paramedic preceptors are very encouraging. (Simone now serves as a preceptor to current EMS students.)
What is your greatest strength as a paramedic?
What is the best part of your job as a paramedic?
How rewarding it is that people place so much trust in you. They don’t know who you are, yet they let you into their homes to take of their loved ones. It’s an honor to use my knowledge to help them.
What is the most formidable part of your job as a paramedic?
It’s just you and your partner out there and ultimately you’re the ones responsible. Also, sometimes people don’t want our help. For example, one time a man in his forties suffered a severe heart attack. He fell in the bathroom and hit his head on the toilet. We got the call, but he refused to go to the hospital no matter what we told him the doctor said. We had to leave the scene without him.
What has been your toughest challenge in life?
Getting through paramedic school was crazy. I had a full-time job as an EMT and my parents were going through a divorce.
What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
My Venture expeditions. Our motto is: “We spend our greatest energies on the world’s greatest needs.”
What person has influenced you the most in life?
My mom, Renée. She went back to school to become a medical transcriptionist after 24 years as a wife, mother and home-school teacher. She’s the reason I stayed on track and finished college.
What would you tell someone who’s thinking about becoming a paramedic?
It’s very important to take care of yourself as well. You need good activities and outlets like music, running and family.
Simone Ramler | 21 Answers
- Favorite season: Fall
- Favorite natural feature (e.g., waterfalls, oceans, mountains, etc.): Mountains—specifically Phu Chi Fa in Thailand
- Favorite sport or physical activity: Running
- Your national bird if you could have one: Common loon
- Place you would most like to visit: Iceland
- Favorite holiday: 4th of July
- Your national mammal if you could have one: Gibbon
- Favorite actor or actress: Sandra Bullock and Chris Pratt
- Favorite band or performing artist: Garth Brooks
- Your personal motto if you had to have one: “Love everyone always.”
- Coolest thing in the world: Traveling and seeing so many different parts of the world.
- Scariest thing in the world: Deep dark ocean
- Favorite all-time TV show: Friends
- Favorite all-time movie: The Proposal
- One thing you most want to accomplish in life: Have and raise a family; travel the world
- Most precious material possession: 2014 Chevy Equinox
- First thing you would buy if you won the $1.5 billion Powerball: A house on a lake in Alaska and a German shepherd
- Dream occupation: Have it! Paramedic
- Person you would most like to meet: My great-grandmother and namesake Simone; she was born in France and married an American; I never got to meet her
- Skill you would most like to learn and master: Pilot my own private plane
- Humankind’s greatest challenge: Race relations and being able to love each other
To learn more about the EMS program at Inver Hills, contact:
Director of Emergency Services