Former UW basketball star's life-saving career change

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 10:23 AM

All week we've been spotlighting the life-saving work by EMTs, paramedics, emergency room staff and other first responders, as we celebrate National EMS Week. We wrap up the week with one woman's journey from star basketball player at the University of Washington, to EMT. In 2002, Kayla Burt collapsed and suffered sudden cardiac arrest while hanging out with teammates. Their quick action, plus quick response from medic units saved her life. Now, Kayla herself is an EMT and is working to save lives.

Kayla, along with her EMT instructor, Megan Bloomingdale from King County EMS, joined Margaret to share what inspired her to become a first responder, and to talk about the training involved.

To learn more about EMT training, please click HERE.

Note: full scholarships are available for traditionally underrepresented diverse students. Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • High School Graduate of G.E.D.
  • At least 18 years old by first day of class
  • CPR certification (training will be provided prior to start of class)
  • Washington State Driver's LIcense
  • Recipient must be able to provide transportation to and from class and clinical site

Additional information:

  • Public Health Emergency Medical Services will supply needed equipment.
  • The selected candidates must pass a background investigation.
  • The selected candidates must have selected immunizations. Arrangements can be made with Emergency Medical Services to acquire these.

If you have any questions or would like an application, call: 206-263-8743

Here are the other segments we did for National EMS Week this week:

  1. Monday, May 19: Get the 411 on 911
  2. Tuesday, May 20: Why Seattle & King County are the best places to have a heart attack
  3. Wednesday, May 21:  An inside look at the emergency room

THANK YOU to the following for sponsoring or taking part in our segments this week:

Eastside Fire & Rescue

Falck Northwest

Bellevue Fire Medic One

King County EMS

Airlift NW

Valley Regional Fire Authority

Seattle Children's Hospital

Safe Kids Eastside

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