Former Student Joshua Krumm Returns as Tulsa Tech’s Newest EMT Instructor
1/7/2015 2:29 PM
After Joshua Krumm finished high school, his plan was simple; attend college, study education, and become a teacher. However, the plan began to change once he found himself inside an ambulance.
“Originally I started college to become an English teacher,” Krumm said. “But my friends in our small community who were volunteer firefighters, and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technician), invited me to ride along a couple of times, just to see what their job was like.”
Although the Skiatook High School graduate was attending college, and continuing with his plan, there was something about this work environment he found interesting.
“I guess you could say I kind of caught the bug right away, and I thought I’d really enjoy this type of work,” Krumm said. “So I began to research and look for EMT and Paramedic Training, and that’s when I discovered Tulsa Tech.”
After completing Tulsa Tech’s EMT training program, Krumm had the chance to return to his community and ride in the ambulance once again, although this time he wouldn’t be observing.
“As soon as I got my EMT license, I started working part-time with the Skiatook Fire Department,” Krumm said. “That’s where I got my first taste of what it’s really like to work in an ambulance.”
The work environment associated with this career field is demanding, and often accompanied by extraordinary conditions. While some students may have the aptitude required to complete the training, the real test is being able to perform the skills they’ve learned, when the time comes.
“It definitely takes a special type of person to be able to get the training from their head, through to their hands,” Krumm said. “Always knowing you have an opportunity to help people, and yet not knowing what the next day might bring, it’s very demanding, and also very rewarding.”
Krumm not only enjoyed this type of work, he was good at it, and although he hadn’t forgotten the original plan of becoming a teacher, he quickly decided to continue with a new objective, or plan 2.0.
“After working as an EMT for a few months I started the Paramedic program at Tulsa Tech,” Krumm said. “After completing the program, I immediately went to work for EMSA, where I worked as a paramedic for over seven years.”
The married father of two had joined an elite group of health care professionals, and was well on his way to a successful career, but there was one problem. He still thought about teaching.
“While I was working at EMSA, I enrolled in an EMS instructor course at Tulsa Tech,” Krumm said. This certification allowed me to become an instructor for the EMSA Academy, with various programs designed to help train new employees.”
Soon Krumm found out about another teaching opportunity, at a school he was very familiar with, so he applied, sat for interviews, and eventually accepted a position as one of Tulsa Tech’s newest EMT instructors.
“Tulsa Tech is such a great place to study for a career as an EMT/Paramedic,” Krumm said. “Our faculty, curriculum, equipment, and facilities are second to none. Students have the opportunity to learn from professionals who have worked in this career field for many years, including EMSA, LifeFlight, area hospitals, and many other types of health care facilities.”
According to Tulsa Tech’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinator, Steve Nguyen, his former student, and newest instructor, personifies the goal of the program, which is educating tomorrow’s heroes today.
“As a student, Mr. Krumm always represented himself well, and was a great ambassador for Tulsa Tech.” Nguyen said. “As an instructor, he’s insightful, thoughtful, and very student-focused. Individuals in our career field have the opportunity to help people in a time of crisis, and insure they’re safely transported to medical facilities where they can receive additional care. Mr. Krumm does an excellent job of teaching the importance of this unique type of work to his students.”
So the student who had started with a simple plan to attend college, and become a teacher, has finally achieved his goal. However, Mr. Joshua Krumm, B.S.-N.R.P., isn’t teaching English to his students, he’s teaching them how to save lives.
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