Terry J. Sudrla, a paramedic instructor for Western Iowa Tech Community College, and paramedic for Siouxland Paramedics Inc. of Sioux City, has been recognized by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered EMT-Paramedic.
To maintain his EMT status, Sudrla completes, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America. He not only completes courses to refresh his fundamental knowledge and skills but also attends a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
By maintaining his nationally registered status and completing regular continuing education course, Sudrla is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.
Sudrla was nationally registered as an EMT in 1980, and nationally registered as a paramedic in 1992. He has been serving the Sioux City area since 1988. Prior to instructing paramedic students full time at Western Iowa Tech since 2004, Sudrla was the ambulance director for the City of Vermillion, S.D., and a flight paramedic for Mercy Air Care in Sioux City. He still works on a part-time basis for Siouxland Paramedics in Sioux City.
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.