Is Monday fun day a thing?! No……okay, must have just had too much coffee! But on a brighter note (we know, we know pastel colors are in because of Easter but we like to go big) here without further delay #MedicMonday is coming your way!
My name is McKayla Brandenburg. I’ve grown up in Georgetown most of my life. But recently moved to Cynthiana when my husband, Dakota, and I got married last July. I received my Bachelors Degree in Emergency Medical Care from Eastern Kentucky University in May of 2019 and finished my Paramedic certification June of 2020.
1)Where are you originally from?
Although I was born in Lexington, my family moved to Pike County and I lived there until I was 7 years old. At that same age, we moved to Georgetown and have been here since.
2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?
When not at work, which feels to rarely happen because I love my job, I enjoy spending time with my coworkers away from work. We truly are a family. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs!
3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?
I became interested in EMS in high school when I did a ride along program with GSCEMS. I’ve grown up around this station and frequently am referred to as their “little sister.” I love that I get to work alongside them as a paramedic and part of the team today.
4) What brought you to Georgetown?
I came here looking for a job right after I graduated college. I’ve always wanted to work here because they are the reason I am where I am today.
5) What is your position at GSCEMS?
Paramedic on Third Platoon
6) Where did you go to Paramedic/EMT school?
I got my EMT from a good friend and mentor, Nelson Sewell, who is a former paramedic and shift supervisor of GSCEMS. I went to Paramedic school at EKU and received my Bachelors in Emergency Medical Care with a concentration in EMS Administration.
7) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?
Being able to make the difference in someone’s day. Being able to calm their fears and be there for them in their time of need.
8) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?
Community education about the field. While I love my job and genuinely love coming to work, many people don’t realize the amount of education, long days/nights, mental toll, and time away from family that comes with the job.
9) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?
Downtown. I didn’t learn to appreciate the beauty of our city until recently, there really are some awesome views downtown.