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About WCEMS Training Department

Wayne County EMS Training Department provides initial & continuing education as well as community education for the citizens, EMS providers, and other healthcare providers for Wayne County and the Lake Cumberland Region. We strive to provide the best, evidenced based educational programs to the region. 

Courses Offered

Wayne County EMS is a training site for the American Heart Association, The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Cleveland Clinic, and The American Geriatric Society. We teach a variety of courses at the provider and instructor level. Courses include:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider & Instructor
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Provider & Instructor
  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support Provider
  • Assessment & Treatment of Trauma Provider & Instructor
  • Basic Life Support Provider & Instructor
  • Certified Intensive Care Provider
  • Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator III
  • Determination of Death- KY Specific
  • EMS Safety Course
  • Geriatric Education for EMS Provider & Instructor
  • Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma- KY Specific
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider & Instructor
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, & Stabilization
  • Pediatric Emergencies for Prehospital Professionals Provider & Instructor
  • Prehospital Trauma Life Support Provider & Instructor

About Our Instructors

The Training Officer at Wayne County EMS is Keith Widmeier. Keith Widmeier has a bachelorette degree from Eastern Kentucky University and holds instructor and faculty status in a variety of EMS certifications. Keith is a local & national presenter as well as an author for a variety of EMS textbook publisher. He also is a regular author for the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. Keith has worked in variety of settings including Urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, aeromedical, and ground critical care. His knowledge and experience is an asset to the Wayne County EMS Training Department.

Richard "Dick" Short is a retired California Highway Patrol flight paramedic as well as a current practicing paramedic with Wayne County EMS. Dick holds a variety instructor status in a variety of EMS certifications and is also a regular lecturer during our initial education courses. The combination of law enforcement and EMS that he possesses is invaluable to the students at Wayne County EMS

Bingie Howard is a firefighter for Somerset Fire Department and a paramedic for Wayne County EMS. Bingie is also a 



Welcome to the new Wayne County EMS Training Department web center. Here you will be able to get information about upcoming courses, online education, and general information about the Wayne County EMS Training Department. Please feel free to check in periodically to find out what new and exciting things are going on at WCEMS. 

Please bare with us as we continue to work on our web center to provide the Lake Cumberland region with the best in EMS education.