A group of local EMS students now have the opportunity to receive enhanced hands-on training in their field.

American Medical Response, the emergency medical service provider in Independence, donated an ambulance to Tim Krickle’s EMS-Fire Science class at Fort Osage’s Career & Technology Center on Thursday. The emergency service vehicle will aid students by allowing them to learn how to perform lifesaving procedures while being mobile.

“It’s awesome,” Krickle said about the donation. “We’re very, very fortunate.”

Krickle’s EMS students will now be able to perform CPR on a dummy while riding in the ambulance around the CTC campus, plus take blood pressure when idling.

The purpose of the donation is to help prepare the future EMS candidates to better serve their community, said AMR spokesman Paul Lininger.

“It’s good for us as it is good for you,” he told the students about the donated ambulance.

He later said the donation also acts as an investment in quality and dedicated paramedics or emergency medical technicians in the near future.

“We’re (AMR) happy to help future candidates.”