COLLEGE STATION — Fifteen Bryan and College Station Fire Department personnel were among 19 graduates who took part in commencement exercises Dec. 19 for the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s first emergency medical technician-paramedic course.
The inaugural graduation at the TEEX Emergency Operations Training Center follows the agency’s approval to offer EMT-paramedic training from the Texas Department of Health in August.
Eight Bryan Fire Department personnel, seven College Station Fire Department employees and four other students were educated under a “fast track” format that began on Sept. 1. The students attended school Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with classroom lectures ending on Oct. 10 for a total of 240 hours.
Students then enrolled in the clinical and internship portion of the course, which required 96 hours in emergency room training, 16 hours in labor and delivery while witnessing at least one birth, 40 hours in the operating room and 216 hours on an ambulance crew. To become certified paramedics, students had to perform at least 10 patient transports by ambulance, start 30 intravenous catheters, make at least five blood draws, start at least 10 endotrachial tubes, administer medication at least 20 times, and interpret at least 20 electrocardiogram strips, in addition to passing the National Registry Exam.
Clinical rotations for the students were held at the College Station Medical Center and St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. Emergency medical services rotations were conducted with the Bryan and College Station fire departments, Robertson County EMS, St. Joseph’s EMS and CyFair EMS.
“This first course went very well,” said Don Royder, EMS program coordinator for TEEX’s Emergency Service Training Institute. “There is a definite need throughout the state for this type of training, and it complements the other courses TEEX already offers in the EMS arena.”
In addition to paramedic training, TEEX offers training for three other levels of EMS certification: Emergency Care Attendant, EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate. The TEEX program also offers EMS training in emergency vehicle operation, basic trauma life support, emergency medical dispatch and dealing with hazardous materials.
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX continues its mission of developing highly skilled and educated workers and successful organizations, while enhancing public safety, health and the economic growth of the state through training, continuing education and technology transfer.
TEEX training and technical assistance programs include fire protection, emergency response and rescue, law enforcement, water and wastewater, transportation, career technology, marine, environmental safety, electric power, economic development, manufacturing technology, and telecommunications.
Last year TEEX trained more than 130,000 students through more than 6,000 classes in all 50 states, U.S. territories and 46 countries, while serving more than 2,100 companies and 4,000 municipalities.