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We’re back again for another Tech Tuesday. This week we are introducing EMT Jacob Underwood. Jacob started his career with our service in January and has continued to grow tremendously over the last few months!

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Jacob Underwood and I have been working at GSCEMS as a new EMT. This is my first experience as a first responder and I’ve been thrilled to be a part of such a great group of providers in the community where I grew up.

1) Where are you originally from?

Georgetown, Kentucky

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc.

I enjoy hiking and camping out in Red River Gorge.

3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?

I originally got interested in EMS through friends and went through EMT school with them.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

 Born and raised in Georgetown!

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

I work as a nationally registered EMT.

6) Where did you go to Paramedic/EMT School?

I went to EMT class through BCTC of Leestown.

7) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

I like the idea that every patient is different and there are always different problems you can be there to help solve. The idea that a new challenge can be found on every shift is thrilling and inspires me to become the best provider I can be.

8) What is one thing you would change about EMS as a whole?

I think EMS could have greater community outreach (which I have seen developing much better in recent times).

9) What is one place you would take a visitor to in Scott County?

The restaurants on Main Street are a great place to see!

Grab your cup of Monday fuel and join us in getting to know one of our new third platoon paramedics’ Bobby Carpenter! 

Tell us about yourself:

My wife Patty and I, with our German Shepherd Emmy Lou, are from the Eastern Kentucky town of Prestonsburg. We have been married for 40 years and have three children and four grandchildren, with the 5th on the way. I have been blessed with a 43-year career in Emergency Services; I have served the Lexington Fire Department as a FF/Medic, The Prestonsburg Fire Department as Fire Chief-Building/electrical inspector, and Kentucky Emergency Management as the Area 7 Manager. In addition, I have worked with Transtar, Lifeguard, and Morgan County EMS. I also served eight years with the KY National Guard. I still enjoy working and plan to be around for a while

1)Where are you originally from?

I was born in Detroit, MI but my parents returned to their childhood home in Prestonsburg when I was 12, and I claim Prestonsburg, KY, as my hometown. 

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

 I enjoy spending time with Church, Family, Cooking, Woodworking, Swimming, and anything outdoors. In addition, I enjoy teaching and spending time with the Grandkids and rewatching  Andy Griffith Show reruns. 

3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?

I lived near a fire station when I was a child, and they became my hangout; they all took care of the little brat that kept coming around. The TV Show Emergency was popular, and I wanted to be Johny Gage, so here I am. 

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

During my tenure with Lexington Fire, Central Kentucky became home. But, unfortunately, or should I say, fortunately, Toyota stole the kids and grandkids from us, so we decided to join them here in central KY again. 

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

Paramedic Platoon 3. 

6) Where did you go to Paramedic/EMT school?

Lexington Fire Department Paramedic Academy in 1991. 

7) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

First, being able to assist our patient’s on the worst day of their life; second, being a part of two distant families, EMS is part of the first responder family and part of the medical community. 

8) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole? (Pay is not an appropriate answer, sorry)  

The misconception is that EMS is only a ride to the hospital rather than trained-skilled professional medical providers. Our duty to act modestly prevents us from articulating how unique EMS is. This failure to toot our own horn causes us to short-change the profession and recruit future practitioners. 

9) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor to?

There are many hidden gems in Scott County, and I think everyone needs to visit downtown and its shops, Toyota, and of course the orchards. I am looking forward to finding what I haven’t yet discovered.

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Cierra and I am a part-time EMT at GSCEMS. I’ve been with GSCEMS for about three months. I am a new EMT (7 months) but I love it!!

1)Where are you originally from?

Louisville, Ky

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

Spending time outdoors—fishing and camping— with my dogs and husband. I also love to run outdoors!

3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?

I have been a teacher for six years and a volunteer firefighter for almost three years. Once I started EMT school I fell in love with the medical side of how everything works. I knew it was the career I wanted to change to. 

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

Once my husband and I got married in 2016 we moved to Georgetown to be close to his family. We fell in love with the area and have lived here ever since. 

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

I am a part-time EMT. 

6) Where did you go to Paramedic/EMT school?

At EMTPKY in Lexington. 

7) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

I love helping others in my community. Also, the people I work with at GSCEMS are great and always willing to help me in furthering my knowledge and experience. 

8) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole? 

More education activities and events for the public. 

9) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor to?

 I would have to say a day at Bi-Water Farms or Evans Orchard along with a meal at Galvin’s!!