Kayla Franck knew early on that she wanted to enter the EMS field. "I lived down the street from the fire station and always watched them leaving for calls," she says. Her father encouraged her to follow that path-being a firefighter himself. Kayla says, "He was my inspiration...

“As a volunteer firefighter, I saw a need and an opportunity to get emergency medical training as a way of serving citizens. The program  is exceptional and prepared me for mastering the National Registry of EMTs exam on the first try.”

In rural Alaska during a medical emergency, rescue squads use any mode of transportation necessary to get the patient to medical care, whether it’s by dog sled, snow machine or air ambulance. Even when road travel is

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