Whether you’re involved in a car accident, having a heart attack, or experiencing asthma out of control, who are you going to call? Chances are, a paramedic holding a Gateway Technical College diploma will respond to your 911 call and do what they can to help you in your time of need.
Nate Skewes is a firefighter/paramedic with the Union Grove/Yorkville Fire Department. He and his team, made up almost entirely of Gateway graduates, answer three to four calls daily. “Particularly in a rural community where we are 20 minutes or more away from the nearest hospital, we are performing the same lifesaving efforts as what you would receive in the first 15 minutes of an emergency room of a hospital,” says Skewes.
Skewes, a 2004 paramedic graduate, appreciates all the hands-on training he received -- more than 1,000 hours, in addition to classroom work (paramedics now require 1,200 hours). “Gateway’s program is known for its excellent instructors and program. I was able to pass my state and national board exams the first time -- most Gateway graduates do.”
The call may be for broken bones requiring pain management, a bad asthma attack requiring medication, or getting a heart attack victim stabilized. Gateway graduates save lives and maintain the comfort of their community residents day in and day out.