North Benton Ambulance

North Benton Ambulance


Aviation Emergency Training for First Responders

Brought to you by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Des Moines Flight Standards District Office, Bradley Flight Standards District Office, and FAA Safety Team

There is no charge for this event ALL are welcome, including Police, Fire, EMS, Airports, and Pilots.

About the class:

The presentation offered by the Bradley FSDO FAA FAAST Team includes a wide variety of knowledge on aviation emergencies for first responders. This will include securing a scene, scene safety, preservation and the unique hazards that come with aviation accidents. Medical topics will include first hand training on stabilizing, extricating and treating the occupants. We will learn about aircraft familiarization and unique cases such as hot air balloons, sky dive injuries, military aircraft and rotorcraft. Aircraft estabilization, egress procedures and aircraft entry procedures are a perfect lesson for all specialties in which to indulge. This is a fast paced, multi-faceted training complete with live presenters, detailed slides and video based training – created right from our local operators at our Connecticut airports.

Completion certificates will be issued, which can be submitted during renewal for your certificate or training credits. CEU credits of 4 credit hours can apply. WINGS credit of 4 credit hours can apply.

After completing the course, all participants will be eligible for the Phase II, which will be a hands-on, live portion course at a local airport. More details are forthcoming. We will collaborate with local pilots, aircraft operators and airport managers to make these sessions happen alongside an in-person training to touch, feel and experience egress and shut down procedures in a variety of aircraft.

This offering will fill up quickly, so don’t wait to sign up!

Registration details:

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2022 @ 4:30 Central Time (5:30 PM Eastern Time) (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to us.

Chris W. Manthe
FAASTeam Program Manager
[email protected]
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." --Colin Powell

Last Thursday VFD had a rare honor at our monthly training meeting: the opportunity to review a call and be thanked by a very grateful survivor of grain entrapment.

This individual was working on some repairs outside of a wooden corn crib in early December when a board broke loose, striking him in the back of the head and then pinning him against a skid loader parked close to the structure. In seconds, several thousand bushels of corn covered this individual completely over his head. Thankfully this individual had taken grain entrapment training through his employer and knew to protect his mouth and nose from the corn. Luckily he had a family member there that was able to call for help.

VFD was paged along with Brandon Fire Department, City of Independence Iowa, Fire Department, Urbana-Polk Fire Dept, North Benton Ambulance, St. Luke's LifeGuard Air Ambulance, and Benton County, Iowa Sheriff's Office and once arrived, began to extricate the individual from the grain. The rescue was complicated by the skid loader and not being able to fully deploy our grain rescue tubes as well as the additional grain in the crib that kept flowing out (multiple other holes were cut in the structure to redirect the flow of grain. The individual figures he was trapped in the grain for between 1 hr and 20 minutes to 1 hr and 40 minutes. Aside from some bruises from the head strike and residual numbness in his lower body that have since recovered, this individual has returned to work and has no lasting injuries.

This evening was highly helpful for all involved. He was able to share his experience, have his questions answered, and witness a demonstration of how the grain rescue equipment is to operates from our perspective. He also notes that sharing and talking about this near-death experience has been very helpful in his recovery.

From VFD's viewpoint, it was extremely helpful to get feedback on our techniques and methods as well as to speak to an individual that survived grain entrapment. In the past 30 years of VFD history, we have never had a successful rescue, all have been recoveries (typically grain entrapment happens alone without anyone to call for help until it is too late leading to a high fatality rate). The Public Safety world has far too many bad endings, a happy ending is never to be taken for granted.

(Shared to Facebook with permission of the individual involved).
When I think back on my 40 year EMS career, I'm reminded of the many dedicated volunteers who served our community as members of North Benton Ambulance Service.

One of those EMTs always comes to mind when I think of an EMS provider who always had a smile on her face and always showed compassion for her patients. That person is Cathi Calderwood.

Cathi served diligently through the 80s and 90s and never complained about anything. She always put her patients first and was the best at holding hands and showing empathy.

As I reflect on Cathi's service, I thank her for showing me that EMS isn't about the treatment modalities that we have all learned - rather it is about the patient and their well-being; physically and mentally.

Thank you Cathi. Your suffering is over and no doubt you heard those words "Well done, good and faithful servant" as you entered the portals of Glory. May you rest in eternal peace.
Today is the last day to show La Porte City Iowa Fire Rescue & North Benton Ambulance we appreciate the sacrifices they make!!! No matter what time of day 24/7 they answer to 911 calls for help. Fundraising is a HUGE help to these organizations! 🚑

10% of our sales will go towards their goals (listed in the picture) ⬇️
Today continues our “Support your Local Heroes” fundraiser!!! Don’t forget to stop out and enjoy some food and/or ice cream! North Benton Ambulance & La Porte City Iowa Fire Rescue will greatly appreciate you helping them with their goals.
Don’t forget that starting tomorrow, Friday, November 12th 10% of our sales from each location will go to their respective Ambulance Service!!!

North Benton Ambulance will utilize their proceeds for training opportunities and new equipment.

La Porte City Iowa Fire Rescue will be putting their proceeds towards a new building.
"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." —John Maxwell

Today we want to honor and congratulate Newhall Fire Department Chief Patrick Butz on his retirement after 23 years of service to not only the Newhall area but to all of Benton County. Pat is retiring today to enjoy a new role as Grandpa starting any day now!

Pat served as an Instructor for the Benton County Firefighter 1 (FF1) classes for over 10 years instilling the knowledge, skills, and reasoning our county's firefighters need to survive and thrive in the Fire Service. His style of teaching was calm and thorough with plenty of real experiences mixed in. Pat has the ability to discuss the lightest of calls to the darkest of calls in the same sentence to help a new firefighter understand the reality of what they signed up to do.

VFD is proud to say our 3 newest members were part of the last FF1 class Pat taught and have been honoring his efforts with their knowledge and skills while serving our department. For that, we sincerely thank Pat for not only signing up to serve Newhall but the many other communities his students went on to serve in Benton County.

Pat also served as a member of our partners at North Benton Ambulance for roughly 15 years as an Emergency Medical Technician. In this way, he served not only Vinton, but Newhall, Van Horne, Garrison, Mt Auburn, Brandon, Urbana, and rural areas in between.

Enjoy retirement, the new grandbaby, and plenty of golf Chief Patrick Butz. Please know Benton County is a safer place because of your time in the Fire/EMS Service, we've got it from here!

P.S. You can pay your respects to the newly retired Chief Butz and let someone else handle the cooking at Newhall Fire Department's Pancake Breakfast this coming Sunday from 8am to 1pm!
Thank you North Benton Ambulance Service Director, Anna Demuth, for this awesome shot of LifeGuard picking up from rural Benton County!
Help us in wishing a Happy Birthday to Blake Hesson! He has served our department for 6 years.

Blake is self employed as a co-owner of Hesson Properties with his brother, Nathan, Cedar Bend Industries, a seed-cleaning business and Hesson Hauling, his grain trucking business, all located in Vinton. Blake has also been a long-time employee for Sanders and Sons Farms south of Vinton (many of you remember Sanders Pumpkin Farm and Christmas light display visible from 218!). Blake also previously served his community with North Benton Ambulance Service as an EMT.

In his spare time, Blake enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, along with their two children, Camden and Grace. They are avid sports fans and cheer on the Baltimore Ravens from afar (and of course Vinton Shellsburg Community Schools Soccer!). Blake enjoys any time he can spend outdoors at their new home outside Vinton. Blake also serves as an Elder at Blessed Hope Community Church in Vinton.

Happy Birthday Blake!
Thank you for your support last weekend with North Benton Ambulance Service & La Porte City Fire Rescue!!!

Let’s have a great weekend for Vinton, Iowa, Volunteer Fire Department & La Porte City Fire Department!
Today seems like it’s going to be decent weather!!! So stop on by Tootsie’s and help support the North Benton Ambulance Service & La Porte City Iowa Fire Rescue!

10% of our sales will go to them today as part of our “Support your local Heroes” fundraiser we do. They volunteer their time to help others so let’s help them make that job easier.

North Benton Ambulance is a critical care ambulance service that responds to over 1,000 calls for se

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THANK YOU to the Simulation In Motion-Iowa crew for coming to visit us here at NBA. We can’t wait to work with you again on future trainings.

If you are an EMS Service in Iowa looking to take a training night to the next level, check out this trailer and their great group of providers.


Thank you to our Board Member, Trevor, for attending the Benton Co. Community Grant Foundation reception & accepting the grant awarded to North Benton Ambulance for the purchase of 3-Sapphire IV pumps.

These pumps will allow advanced level providers to safely administer medications and fluids pre-hospital and during inter-facility transports not previously available without these pumps.

Thank you to the Community Foundation for the generous contribution to North Benton Ambulance and your continued support to organizations across Benton County.

Photos from North Benton Ambulance's post 05/17/2022

Tonight NBA crew members and their families gathered for an EMS Appreciation Cookout hosted by the Board of Directors & Service Director.

Board President Scott, Board Secretary Tami & Board Member Trevor served and prepared a delicious meal for those in attendance.

Thank you to Scott, Eric, Trevor and Kelly for helping guide NBA as members of the board, and the support and dedication that you all give to North Benton Ambulance. We are truly appreciative of you all!

Thank you to our families for supporting us in this career we have chosen. Late calls, missed holidays, long hours….we thank you for supporting us!


North Benton Ambulance not only responds to medical calls and transports but we also respond to fire calls providing Fire Rehab support to firefighters.

Meet the Crew -

Dwight. Dwight is a full time Fire-Medic serving on Waterloo Fire but on his off days, he picks up shifts as needed at NBA serving as a Critical Care Paramedic.


Meet the Crew -

“Love what you do and you’ll never work another day in your life”

This quote holds true for these two Paramedics working the first unit ambulance today. North Benton Ambulance fully staffs 1 ambulance. 24/7, 365.

Justin is no stranger to public service as he has worn many hats from military to police to being a Paramedic with NBA. Justin currently helps lead NBA in the Lead Medic role. Justin has been serving in EMS for over 13 years.

Meet the leader of our crews, Anna. Anna is the Service Director for NBA. Anna is a Critical Care Paramedic with over 20+ years experience in EMS.


On Sunday Nights during the spring & summer months you can find the NBA 2nd unit crew staffing “The Bullring” at the Benton Co. Speedway.

Meet the crew - Mason. Mason works Full-time for NBA as an EMT while working on his Advanced EMT certification. When Mason isn’t covering shifts at North Benton, you can find him answering the call in his hometown of Walker, providing medical and fire support.

Tammy. Tammy is an Advanced EMT with North Benton Ambulance. When Tammy isn’t keeping the supply room in order or working, you will find her at the race track, helping with Special Olympics or relaxing at the camp ground. Tammy has served with NBA for over 23 years.

Last but not least, Adam. Adam is a driver who has grown up around EMS since the age of 5. Adam fills in on the schedule when the “Boss” says he has to work. Adam is our Service Director’s husband.


Today marks the start of EMS Week 2022.

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. EMS week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s frontline.

Happy EMS Week to all EMS professionals Rising to the Challenge! 🚑


This week we help celebrate the heroes who work behind the scene, who you never see but who form a lifeline between someone in need and the responders responding to them. They are the calm voice in the storm…..Thank you 911 Dispatchers!

And a shout out to the Benton & Buchanan Co. Dispatch centers for keeping our crews and patients safe, and resources coming to us when needed.


North Benton Ambulance is seeking highly motivated individuals to join our team. Applicants must be State of Iowa - Paramedic certified. CCP endorsement is a plus. North Benton Ambulance offers competitive wages, health, dental and vision insurance and in house training. Full time & Part time positions available. Applicants must submit an application and resume to [Email hidden].


Don’t forget North Benton Ambulance is hosting an EMT class in Vinton! We are just under a month away from the start date. Classes start March 14th. Hope to see you there!

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Emergency Medical Technician

Class Registration is now open! Share with anyone interested in becoming an EMT.

Emergency Medical Technician The EMT is the first career-level certification program in EMS. This 172-hour program provides 124 hours of classroom ex...


North Benton Ambulance will be hosting a EMT class beginning March 14th - July 6th in Vinton. Class will be held at the Benton Co. Kirkwood Center in Vinton on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-10pm.

Watch the page for more information or email [email protected] if you are interested in taking the class or have questions regarding the class.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the crews at North Benton Ambulance!

Photos from North Benton Ambulance's post 12/24/2021

The elves on duty today at NBA have been out and about spreading Christmas Cheer! 🚑🎅🏼🧑🏻‍🎄 Merry Christmas!! 🎄


Stay Safe out there Friends! Remember your ambulances are considered a high profile vehicle and it could take us extra time to get to you. Help us out and stay home if you don’t need to be out tonight!!

Fast-moving storms are impacting semi-trucks and other high-profile vehicles. I-80 westbound between Exit 34 and 40 is blocked by a crash and US 20 has blockage as well. Check for real-time traffic conditions. If travel is not critical, be safe and stay off the roads!


North Benton Ambulance is currently looking for qualified EMT’s, AEMT’s and Paramedics to join our team! North Benton Ambulance operates as a 911 transport service in Vinton and surrounding communities along with providing Inter-facility transfers for VGH. If you are interested in joining our team of passionate providers, we highly encourage you to apply.

This position is FT (2-24 hr shifts/week) or PT (24hrs/wk). Entry level positions available.

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected]


Happy Thanksgiving!!
North Benton Ambulance would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, especially those spending this holiday away from their families to keep us all safe.


Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters at the Belle Plaine Ambulance Service and Belle Plaine Fire Department. Dan is a great loss to our EMS community. His hard work, selflessness, dedication and commitment to the others in which he served with never be forgotten. Rest Easy Dan, We will take it from here.


Thank you to all the men and women who are serving, have served or have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great Country! Thank you Veterans! North Benton Ambulance would also like to thank our own team members Tammy and Mike for their service to the red, white & blue.


It may be getting colder outside but ice cream always tastes good! Thank you to Tootsies in Vinton for helping support your local EMS service!


Coffee is brewing, cinnamon rolls are finished and griddles are getting hot….Come on out this brisk morning and fill your bellies with some yummy pancakes, sausage, eggs and cinnamon rolls served by your North Benton Ambulance crews.

FreeWill donations. Serving 7:30a - 11:30a at the American Legion in Vinton.


Thank you to the Vinton Fire, Vinton PD, Benton Co. Dispatch and LifeGuard for your assistance tonight.


Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam’s family, friends & brother and sisters in emergency services. Sam was one of a kind. Thank you for your service and dedication to not only your community but the communities in which you served during your time at North Benton Ambulance. Rest In Peace, Sam… We’ll take it from here.

It is with deep sadness to report that La Porte City Fire-Rescue has lost one of its own. Sam Weich put up a courageous battle with cancer for 12 years and today he lost his fight. Sam was a Firefighter -Advanced EMT for our community and will be missed greatly. The men & women of La Porte City Fire-Rescue would like to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Weich family and let them know they will always remain a part of our Fire Dept family.


Happy 4th of July! Our crew at NBA hopes you enjoy your day celebrating our great country’s freedom and independence. Happy Birthday America! Stay safe friends!

Photos from North Benton Ambulance's post 06/23/2021

Catch the NBA crews out and about at the Benton Co. Fair this week

Photos from North Benton Ambulance's post 05/21/2021

Please join us in thoughts as prayers for the families of Larry Woolison and Bob Phillips as they mourn the loss of their loved ones. Both have spent years dedicated to the success and future of North Benton Ambulance and both will be greatly missed.


Happy "National EMS Week 2021" from your North Benton EMS crew! Thanks to all of those who sacrifice so much to help others.

Charles "Chuck" James Mincks - View Obituary & Service Information 05/14/2021

Charles "Chuck" James Mincks - View Obituary & Service Information

“With great sadness, we share with you all the loss of the beloved husband of Flight Paramedic, Sue Mincks. Chuck Mincks life was tragically cut short yesterday afternoon. Chuck knew no stranger, could bring an entire room to laughter, and didn’t hesitate to join in for outings even in Sue’s absence. Our entire crew extends our deepest sympathies to Sue and her family in this very difficult time.”

-St. Luke’s LifeGuard Air Ambulance

Charles "Chuck" James Mincks - View Obituary & Service Information Share Memories and Support the Family.

Photos from North Benton Ambulance's post 05/11/2021

Your North Benton EMS crew had the phenomenal opportunity today to have St. Luke's LifeGuard Air Ambulance fly out to Vinton to teach us about flight medicine and aircraft safety. We had a blast, learned a lot, and are so thankful to have a great resource to utilize when needed.


So thankful for our incredible dispatchers! Thanks to our crew members Shaylee and Tammy for sharing some tasty treats of appreciation.


So thankful for our awesome dispatchers in Benton county. Thanks for all you do!


We mourn with the rest of Iowa for our fallen brother, Sergeant Jim Smith with the Iowa State Patrol, who lost his life last night protecting those he served.

Rest In Peace, Sergeant Smith.


🥳 🥳 🥳 Happy birthday, Shaylee!🥳 🥳 🥳

Hope it's been a wonderful day for you. Thanks for what you do for us here at North Benton Ambulance.


We hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit about the folks here at North Benton through the Meet our Crew videos we’ve recently started. In addition to these, we’ll also soon be starting another series titled, “Answers to Your Questions.”

What are some questions you have about North Benton Ambulance or pre-hospital care?

Your question may be featured!


Don’t let your guard down! Be sure to drive with caution over the next couple of days.

Accumulating snow is expected across much of eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois from late Sunday Night through Monday afternoon. With this afternoon update, have issued a Winter Storm Watch for Buchanan and Benton counties, where snowfall amounts of 4-7 inches will be possible. Amounts will decrease to the south and east. Have attached the latest snowfall forecast below.

Impacts to the Monday AM commute will be possible. In addition, this snow will be wet and heavy in nature, which may result in shoveling difficulties for some.


Please support our brothers over at Vinton, Iowa, Volunteer Fire Department with their annual fish fry! You won't be disappointed!.


Every year, help is delayed and lives are lost due to poor funding of rural EMS, including services like North Benton Ambulance. Please help us serve you more effectively by calling your state senators to help pass this bill.

Here's a link to the Iowa state senators. Clicking on their name will provide you with their contact information. Thank you!


Thanks to Tom at RACOM and Scott Hanson with Benton County Emergency Management for coming out today to provide your North Benton crew with a brand new paging system.

This upgrade will ultimately get us dispatched quicker with a smaller chance of miscommunication.

Council approves the naming of the new walking trail in honor of Nathan Hesson - Government - Vinton Today, A News Cooperative :: Vinton Iowa 02/14/2021

Council approves the naming of the new walking trail in honor of Nathan Hesson - Government - Vinton Today, A News Cooperative :: Vinton Iowa

Council approves the naming of the new walking trail in honor of Nathan Hesson - Government - Vinton Today, A News Cooperative :: Vinton Iowa A News Cooperative covering news, sports, events and other community news for Vinton Iowa.


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