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Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Members: 22
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2014

History of Kenya Council of Emergency Medical Technicians

On August 8th 1998, the worst disaster on the Kenyan soil was experienced. This was the terrorist bombing of the American embassy in Nairobi, which also totally destroyed a 4-storied building nearby. This terrorist act left over 250 people dead and thousands of others injured. The injuries varied from simple incisions to massive avulsions, numerous fractures especially from people who tried to jump from the upper floors of nearby buildings and pedestrians with all kinds of injuries caused by flying shrapnel & pieces of broken glass.
The search and rescue efforts of those who could have been trapped in the rabbles continued for five days running and was led by the armed forces. Other rescuers included firemen from Nairobi city council, volunteers from st John Ambulance and Red Cross and also search and rescue teams from Israel defence force. American, British and French rescue teams were also present.
After the disaster, a training needs assessment of the Kenyan rescue teams was done and that led to the first 50 Emergency Medical Technicians in east and central Africa were trained. The class was held between August & December 1998. It was organised by the International Medical Corps and an instructor from the United states – Mr. Juan Garcia conducted the training. The EMTs were drawn from St John Ambulance, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi city council, Kenya army and the Kenya Police.
In year 2000, the same group of EMTs were re-trained and upgraded in again with the assistance of IMC/USAID and once again Mr. Juan Garcia & Dough Pinder both paramedic instructors facilitated the sessions.
From that initial group of EMTs, 15 of them were further trained as emergency medical service instructors (EMS-I). Through these EMS-Is two other groups of EMT-Bs were trained in Mombasa and Nairobi bringing the total of EMT-Bs in Kenya to 152. the EMTs were trained using the Department of Transport (DOT) curriculum as is in the Emergency Care and Transportation – 6th Edition. The EMTs further received training search and rescue, water rescue, Vehicle extrication and incident command System.
After noting that there was need of improving the EMTs skills and Knowledge and also training of new EMTs, it was suggested that an independent mother body that will also represent the EMTs interest outside their workplace be formed.
That gave birth to the Kenya Council of Emergency Medical Technicians (K.C.E.M.T). The republic of Kenya under the registrar of Societies registered the KCEMT.

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Comment by Evans Oduor on November 11, 2014 at 7:47am

from your view , how has EMS Changed you ? 

Comment by Evans Oduor on November 11, 2014 at 7:46am

thanks for the Invite , appreciated always 

Comment by David Prehn on August 18, 2010 at 3:38pm
I have worked in Kenya on mission trips and LOVE Africa - glad to find a site to plug in! David
Comment by Jeff Spencer on April 26, 2009 at 3:41pm
Hello all,
My name is Jeff Spencer, EMT-P and I am a member of SHARE-EMS based in Kenya. I have not been to Kenya since 2003 and I miss it soooo much. Made many friends there and saw the many changes we were able to make while there.
Comment by April Weisler on April 9, 2009 at 9:47am
Hello all. I started working offshore in Ghana in Dec. We have many locals whom we have integrated into our drilling rig. I also teach first aid as they have become part of my emergency response team. I feel priveldged as I have learned so much of the people from the people and have made many friends. I enjoy working in Africa and hope to learn and travel more in the future.
Comment by Daniel Robert Garvin on February 25, 2009 at 12:48pm
Hi! We used to have MAST pants but they were replaced with this pneumatic matress. I am not a fan of it simply because it takes too long to apply and it is useless in cold weather. The other problem is one cannot monitor vitals with a patient immobilized in this thing. Have a great day!!
Comment by Wajata on February 25, 2009 at 11:23am
Hi we do not yet have any pneumatic matresses here in Kenya! We are only just seeing Anti shock garments but they are currently restricted mainly to army use!
Comment by Brad Newbury on February 25, 2009 at 10:32am
Thanks for the invite.
Comment by Daniel Robert Garvin on February 24, 2009 at 3:09pm
I have a friend in Summerstrand Port Elizabeth, S.A. who is in marine rescue. I shall invite him to join. I also know of a fellow in Jeffrey's Bay S.A. who would probably be interested as well.
The system I work for experiences four distinct seasons. We are in the dead of winter right now and it is cold!!!
I would like to ask a question of you. Does your system use the pneumatic matress for immobilization? Is it useful or a hinderance? Thanks!!


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