Hermiz named EMS Educator of the Year

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GRAFTON — Keith Hermiz of Grafton Rescue has been named the 2019 Vermont EMS Educator of the Year by the Emergency Preparedness Division of the Vermont Department of Health. Hermiz, an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), has been president of the Grafton Rescue Squad for a number of years and also serves as the training officer.

Locally he has taught classes for the community on Bystander/Hands Only CPR and Stop The Bleed as well as first aid basics for specific organizations. Not as well known to people may be the fact that he has taught EMT classes in the region over the years and has taught Stop The Bleed to area Fire and Rescue Departments. Lately he has been the lead instructor for what is called the Resuscitation Academy throughout central and southern Vermont. This program teaches EMS Responders how to improve their delivery of CPR by implementing high performance CPR which includes the use of electronic devices to measure the effectiveness of compressions and a highly structured team approach.

These efforts locally and around the state have illustrated Hermiz's thoughtful and well organized approach to emergency services education and his talent for being an effective teacher. Prior to teaching EMS he was the training officer for the Grafton Fire Department and was responsible for training many of the current firefighters. Following Tropical Storm Irene he introduced training in swift water, ice, and low ropes rescue techniques to better prepare local First Responders for future disasters.

Hermiz acknowledged receipt of the award on the Grafton Fire and Rescue Facebook page and shared the credit: "as is true of everything in emergency services, delivering all the education we are doing - Community CPR, Resuscitation Academy, Stop The Bleed - is a team effort. This honor is shared with my colleagues in the Grafton Rescue Squad, with gratitude."

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