Meet AMT: Shannon Z.

We interview our staff members for details on their EMS journey.

When/why did you first become interested in becoming an EMT/working in EMS?

Throughout my entire career spanning 30+ years, I have had many positions that required a safety background including OSHA, Workers Comp, Safety Committee Chair, Accident Investigations, etc. Being involved in the health and safety of an entire organization brought me to value the use of common verbiage and medical training.

Tell us about your experience in the EMS field. What jobs have you had?

The most relevant position was as the Director of Safety and Security at Valleyfair Amusement Park. My position was to directly oversee a team of EMTs on duty daily at the park. I responded to every major medical call in the park ranging from bloody noses to seizures. I moved on to a Campus Safety position at Gustavus and responded to all on-campus medical calls when I was on site that ranged from mental health emergencies to head injuries.

What is the most rewarding part about working in EMS?

I am a people person so I really enjoy the patient interactions. Even though we see them on their worst day, the relief they have when they know they are in good hands is the most rewarding.

What is your favorite part about working for Allied Medical Training?

As the Assistant Director of Training, I get to meet all of the students coming through the program when they attend the skill sessions. I have met so many interesting, professional, and motivated people in the two (2) years I have been at AMT. Working with and watching the students go from the beginning of the week to becoming future healthcare professionals at the end of the week is what motivates me to be in the classroom.

If you could give advice to someone looking to become an EMT, what would you tell them?

If someone is just considering it, think of the training and certification as a life skill, not just a job. Being able to help someone outside of a shift, such as your loved ones, is a valuable skill to have. If you have already committed to being an EMT, get as much varied experience as you can so you can be versatile.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation! Wouldn’t it be great if there was no commuting, no airport, no waiting…you could just be wherever you wanted or needed to be immediately!

Thanks, Shannon!

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