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Local EMS receives rural education grant

1/1/2008 12:00 AM

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and The Texas Engineering Extension Service Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX-ESTI) has awarded a Rural EMS Education Grant to the Colorado County Emergency Medical Services to provide an Emergency Medical Technician Class.

TxDOT and TEEX-ESTI have formed a cooperative working relationship and combined resources to offer EMS agencies throughout rural and frontier Texas an opportunity to receive grant-funded training programs. Funding to support this effort originates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds and targets highway traffic safety issues.

Educational programs designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of jurisdictional response to highway-based incidents is the focus of this program.

Classes will begin Jan. 15 with an anticipated completion date of April 15. Sessions will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-10 p.m. at the Colorado County Services Facility in Columbus. An occasional Saturday may be required during the course.

Some of the subjects covered in the class are patient assessment and care, vehicle extrication, anatomy and physiology, CPR, trauma care, hazardous materials, response to terrorism events, special operations, medical and environmental emergencies along with various skills.

In addition to the classroom training, emergency room and ambulance rotations at local hospitals and EMS systems will be required.

After successful completion of the class, students will be prepared to take the National Registry Test. Upon passing the national registry exam and submission of the state application, the student will be qualified to be certified as an EMT in Texas.

CCEMS is grateful that TxDOT and TEEX have helped make this class possible. This is part of an on-going program within the county to help bolster EMS personnel ranks and to offer advanced training to those county fire departments that are assisting CCEMS with their First Responder program.

The class is open to anyone in Colorado and surrounding counties.

The cost per student for the class is $215, with at least $107.50 due at the first class. This will cover books, insurance and other related class fees.

Those interested in attending may call the CCEMS office at (979) 732-2188 for more information or to register. The class will be limited to the first 20 students. For those that need continuing education hours, space will be available by reservation.

Contact Information

Kathy Fraser

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

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