Sierra Frontier Medical Resources is proud of its accomplishments and sponsorship of community endeavors.   Every step illustrates progress in our journey to improve Emergency Medical Services in western Sierra County!

We are rebuilding the EMS Infrastructure of western Sierra County a brick at a time. We have already trained 17 Homemaker Health Aides, 13 Emergency Medical Responders and 14 Emergency Medical Technicians who will provide emergency care to residents in Alleghany-Pike, Camptonville, Downieville, Sierra City, Calpine and Loyalton.

And most recently, 11 Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT) have graduated, providing an even higher level of emergency care.

SFMR sponsored an 40 Hour Senior Caregiver Course which included an understanding of aging, health care needs, as well as the development of physical, emotional, and technical skills. Rural life has numerous challenges that make living and staying in our community problematic. The graduating class consisted of 17 caring individuals from our community.

Photo Courtesy of Sierra County Prospect


Downieville Fire Protection District and NorCal EMS offered an EMR/First Responder Course which began on April 5th and ended with a graduating class of 11 students on May 31 taking their Final Exam. Emergency Medical Responder Course is the new name for what was previously known as First Responder Course. The course was initiated by the Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. board of directors who provided some financing of materials for the class which taught the necessary tools for the rescuer to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize injury during out-of-hospital medical and traumatic emergencies working alongside higher-level personnel at the scene. 

Photo Credit - Mike Galan

Completing their mandatory training time at Enloe Hospital in Chico, several students of the local EMT Class in Downieville are shown below. The class is being taught by MICN Frank Lang and sponsored by DFPD and SFMR, Inc. The students, who represent various communities in Sierra County, will graduate in January, 2017. One step closer to our goals to restore ALS and EMS services to western Sierra County.


Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. and Downieville Fire Protection District announced the graduation of 14 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic students on January 28 at the Downieville
School cafeteria.  The graduates completed an intensive program which entailed a total of 136 classroom hours, 24 hours in the emergency room, and 16 hours on the ambulance for a total of 176 hours.  The class ran from November 1, 2016 to January 28, 2017.  

Photo Credit - Dave Keyes
Graduates include:    James Asher- Calpine; Leslie Baker-Alleghany; Shaun Felton-Pike; Michael Galan-Downieville; Sandra Groven-Sierra City; Angela Haick-Calpine; Derrick Koch-Loyalton; Devon Miller-Camptonville; Adriana Petro-Calpine; David Petro-Calpine; Candace Robbins-Sierra City; Patrick Shannon-Downieville; Jenny Traverso-Sierra City; and Diane Wharff-Goodyears Bar. The graduates must now complete the National EMT Examination and register with Northern California Emergency Medical Service (Nor-Cal EMS) for their certifications.

Photo Credit - Dave Keyes
Ingrid Larson, chairperson for SFMR, provided introductory remarks and introduced instructors Frank Lang, NP, MICN, and Bette Jo Lang, RN.  
 The proud teachers presented each graduate with a course completion certificate and an EMT lapel pin.  Approximately 100 friends, relatives and community members enjoyed the ceremony, which was followed by a reception featuring a congratulatory cake. 

The EMT course is part of an endeavor to rebuild the emergency services in Sierra County, particularly in the western region.  Efforts will now focus on securing advanced EMTs and paramedics to provide advanced life support services (ALS) to all residents and visitors.  


The Advanced EMT Students pictured below graduated on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Downieville High School. The Course ran from November 1st, 2017 through January 30th, 2018 and was sponsored by Sierra Frontier Medical Resources and Downieville Fire Protection District. The eleven students have completed 80 hours of classroom study, 40 hours of Emergency Room, and 40 hours of Advanced Life Support Training on the Ambulance at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California. Classes were taught at Downieville High School by Frank Lang, NP, MICN and assisted by Bette Jo Lang, RN, Rachel Defibaugh, Paramedic, Downieville Ambulance Paramedic and Steve Folsom, Downieville Fire Advanced EMT. All students will be licensed by Nor-Cal EMS, and Certified by The National Registry of Advanced EMTs. The Course was part of a 3 year plan by Sierra Frontier Medical Resources teaching Homemaker Health Aides, Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and developing the Western Sierra County Paramedic Project.

The graduates are representing three counties; Sierra, Yuba and Plumas Counties. Students are from Downieville, Sierra City, Goodyears Bar, Loyalton, Pike, and Alleghany, Camptonville and Portola.   

It was standing room only at the graduation ceremony.  Over 60 friends, family members and well-wishers attended the event.  A reception was held at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony with refreshments provided by SFMR.  
Instructors:  Steve Folsom, Rachel Defibaugh,Bette Jo Lang, Frank Lang and grads Shawn Felton and Mike Galan

Proud family members watch graduation.