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Southern Regional, fire officials extend training agreement

— Officials from Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services and Southern Regional Medical Center will continue a training partnership for paramedics and emergency medical technicians for another year.

County commissioners unanimously approved a one-year memorandum of understanding with the Riverdale hospital that calls for its medical staff to train students in the fire department’s in-house EMT and paramedic programs.

The department promises in turn to provide students who have already “satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses” so the hospital use the experience to improve the quality of care it provides.

Asst. Chief Landry Merkison told to commissioners in a written request that the purpose of the agreement is to “provide high quality learning experiences” for the department’s students.

“By continuing this relationship, the citizens of Clayton County will continue to benefit from the training being provided to our medics by some of the best nurses and doctors in the country,” Merkison said.

The memorandum will expire March 31, 2014.