Page named one of nation's top 10 EMS innovators

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS – Inver Hills Community College Emergency Medical Services Professor David Page is one of the nation’s top innovators in EMS.
Page was recognized March 7 at the 2013 EMS Today Conference, held in Washington, D.C., with an EMS10: Innovators in EMS Award. The awards honor 10 individuals annually who have contributed to EMS in an exceptional and innovative way.
The EMS10 award highlights Page’s work — along with other Inver Hills staff, the city of Saint Paul and Ramsey County – to found the Saint Paul EMS Academy, which recruits young men and women from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to attend paid training toward an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate. In 2012, under Page’s leadership, an out-of-use fire house in Saint Paul became home to the EMS Academy and was renamed “Freedom House” in memory of a Pittsburgh program that began in 1967 and trained unemployed and underemployed black men and women as EMTs.
Accepting the award with Page were Cidney Ellis and Tianna Ross, both graduates of the Saint Paul EMS Academy and current Inver Hills students working toward paramedic certification; and Casey Keyes, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer working with the Saint Paul EMS Academy.
A pioneer of the Inver Hills EMS program, which was formed in 1992 when the former Ramsey County Hospital training center closed, Page co-authored the standard EMS textbook and has created evaluation methods in use today by more than 700 EMS programs. He is a recipient of the Power of One Award, awarded by national educators for his service to EMS education; and the Hero Award, given by the National Association of EMS Educators for national contributions to EMS education. In 2011, Page was named Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Educator of the Year.

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