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Danielle Peterson Released as an Attendant in Charge (AIC)- “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk”

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Danielle Peterson is Sterling Rescue’s newest AIC. What is an AIC? Danielle is an experienced, nationally and Virginia State-certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In addition to these certifications, Danielle completed the additional training required by Loudoun County to be recognized as an AIC, which is an independent provider who can lead an ambulance crew responding to emergency calls. This requires additional training and demonstrating assessment, patient care, and operations skills during many actual calls, under the supervision of an experienced provider.

As our newest AIC, Danielle is not new to emergency medical services, or to volunteering. Born and raised in Kansas, she served as a volunteer firefighter and worked as an EMT, while also earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas (the Jayhawks). After moving to Virginia, Danielle transferred her EMT credentials, demonstrated the skills and experience acquired in Kansas and quickly completed all the Virginia and Loudoun County certification requirements.

Why does Danielle volunteer? In her words- “Since becoming involved in the first responder world in 2019, I now can’t imagine my life without it. Not only do I really enjoy meeting new people and helping those in need, I also love honing my EMT and firefighting skills. The people I’ve met at Sterling Rescue have been very welcoming and supportive, and I feel encouraged to take my skillset to the next level. I hope to get my Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) certification within the next couple of years and might even consider becoming a Paramedic one day.”

As Danielle noted, in addition to Emergency Medical Technician training, Sterling Rescue also offers the opportunity for free Advanced EMT and Paramedic training to qualified members who wish to advance their emergency medical service skills.

Want to join a great team and work with people like Danielle? Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad currently has openings for both operational and administrative volunteers. The operational volunteers serve as first responders, delivering emergency medical support to the community. The administrative volunteers perform a variety of support roles in areas such as recruiting, membership support, and business operations. No experience is required, and training is provided. See the Join section of this web site for more details on the requirements, expectations, and benefits. Come join us!

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