South Whidbey Fire/EMS recently welcomed 6 members of the local community into the 2018 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Academy. This is a joint academy with recruits from South Whidbey Central Whidbey, and North Whidbey.

The local candidates are Leang “Lenny” Peng, Leah Kalahiki, Dennis Batey, Rene Kinser, Annette Fly, and Couran Therien

Coursework starts with classroom instruction, including such things as medical terminology, communications and anatomy. It quickly moves into more hands-on scenarios. The academy is 15 weeks of study, training, and testing.  Upon graduation in June, the new recruits will begin answering calls as EMT’s to local emergencies. They will also attend weekly drills and frequent trainings to keep their skills sharp.

“This is an intense experience,” according to Deputy Chief Wendy Moffatt who is in charge of training. “We cover a lot of ground pretty quickly. It is always impressive and very gratifying to see how hard everyone works.”

South Whidbey Fire/EMS volunteers have been responding to calls since 1950. To learn more about joining the next academy or how to volunteer in other ways with the department, contact Chief H.L. “Rusty ” Palmer at, (360) 321-1533, or 5535 Cameron Road, Freeland, Wash. 98249.  Applications may be found at  Additional information may also be found on Facebook at!/SWFireEMS?fref=ts