Jana Richardson has announced she is leaving Kern County EMS on July 28th. Jana enrolled in an EMT program at the ripe age of 18 and worked as an EMT in rural Kern County for about 2 years before applying for the Kern County Paramedic Program. She now recalls, "I was 20 years old learning about administering narcotics, but unable to drink. After graduation I went to work for a rural ambulance company in Kings County. While I was there, I completed my A.S. degree in Fire Technology at Bakersfield College. I was also a supervisor, preceptor, pre-hospital liaison officer, training officer, and eventually operations manager for the ambulance service until 2009. In 2006, I joined up with a fixed-wing air ambulance service as a flight paramedic on a part-time basis as well. These flights were some of my most memorable times in EMS. I came back to Bakersfield and started working as an EMD-Q. In 2011, I was hired on as an EMS Coordinator with the County of Kern. While at the County I was able to complete a B.S. degree in Emergency Medical Services Administration from Columbia Southern University. I am leaving the county to go to the realm of EMS education in hopes to find a better balance of work and time with my daughter. I was told repeatedly that I would never be able to make it in EMS because of my size. I was determined to not only succeed, but remove all doubt that anyone can’t be what they want to be. I want to be a great role model for my daughter and someone who she can be proud of." EMSAAC wishes Jana the very best on her new career choice.