New ACE 4 EMS Graduates to Serve Rural Louisiana Amidst EMS Labor Crisis

Winnfield, LA – On January 26-27, 2022, seven students in Winnfield, LA and six students in Many, LA passed the final examination of the Alliance Center of Education for Emergency Medical Services (ACE4EMS) EMT program to become licensed emergency medical technicians in the state of Louisiana. These students made up the first group of ACE4EMS graduates to achieve a 97% pass rate. The program was led by ACE4EMS instructor coordinator, Meagan Johnson, and her assistant Bethany “Betz” Holdman.

The Mission of ACE4EMS is to provide EMS and Allied Health students in rural Louisiana with the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to provide the highest quality care to patients in the pre-hospital and hospital settings.

The American Ambulance Association has declared the EMS shortage rate as hitting “crisis level,” since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The labor crisis has not spared rural Louisiana. With more EMT classes being offered in the larger cities across the state, ACE 4 EMS focused on the rural parts of Louisiana, by offering courses in Winnfield and Many, LA. The courses were made up of live classes, virtual knowledge sessions and hands-on skill labs, where students traveled from across rural Louisiana to attend. The hard work paid off for these graduates as many of them are already entering the workforce immediately upon graduation.

Throughout the program, students completed 60 hours to become licensed emergency medical responders (EMRs) before pursuing an additional 160 + hours to complete the program as licensed EMTs. The EMT course covered lifesaving skills such as airway management, Stop the Bleed, CPR, pediatric, adult & geriatric EMS.

ACE4EMS continues to grow, having recently connected with the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) to offer courses such as: Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), Geriatric EMS (GEMS), and other life-threatening continuing education programs for EMTs. For more information about upcoming courses, you can visit


ACE4EMS is the education provider of the Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance (LRAA). LRAA is an association dedicated strictly to EMS and answers the call for the EMS industry in many forms, from educational to legislative. LRAA is a diverse group of providers from communities, spread across the state of Louisiana, for individuals who need quality pre-hospital services within their reach. They are providers who care about improving and providing pre-hospital care in Louisiana; providers who reach hospitals, physicians, and homes; providers who plan for the healthcare services provided in the towns and parishes.

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