Neighborhood Medic Program
Our Ambulance Service has developed a Neighborhood Medic Program designed to serve and enhance the general safety, health and well-being of the residents in our service area. Those with special needs will be considered for the program. The purpose of this program is to check on the well-being of individuals in both health and safety related issues. For more information on this service and eligibility requirements, please contact the Kirby Ambulance Service at (217) 762-1801.
This program, provided by Kirby Ambulance Service, was developed for second grade classes in the Monticello, Bement, and Deland schools. For the entire school year, each second grade class "adopts" an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or paramedic (EMT-P) who spends 30 minutes a month talking to the students about various healthcare topics, such as placing an emergency phone call to 911, cold weather safety, and wearing seat belts.
By familiarizing students with emergency equipment, the ambulance and its personnel, the program is aimed at lessening the potential fear and emotional trauma that children may suffer during an emergency event.
Kirby Ambulance Service offers CPR classes to the public throughout the year. On a regular basis, they provide CPR instruction to Health class students at Monticello High School and Bement High School. They also handle the CPR instruction classes for the Daycare Association. If you would like the Ambulance Service to hold a CPR class for your group or organization, please contact Crystal at (217) 762-1801 to make arrangements.
Emergency Preparedness Information at Your Fingertips
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has developed the following website - www.ready.Illinois.gov - as a one-stop-shop for emergency preparedness information. Find out how to plan, prepare and recover from all types of emergencies or disasters, including caring for children, animals and pets, preparing an emergency kit, developing a family plan, and much, much more. Also available through IEMA is a new mobile version of the emergency preparedness website – m.ready.illinois.gov – which enables you to immediately access information while on the go.
Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships are available to Piatt County students pursuing careers in health-related fields. Also a resident of Piatt County who has changed his field of study to the health field or who is returning to school in the health field would be eligible to apply. A student who is in good standing may reapply annually and may receive the Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship for up to, but not to exceed, three years or six (6) semesters at an approved institution. Each scholarship will be at least $1,000. The program first began in 1974 and has afforded hundreds of young people an opportunity to follow their dreams.
The 2017-18 scholarship application will be available online beginning February 1, 2017.