Riverside, California 2022-05-13 09:27:01 –
When Corpus Christi Fire Department cadets were recognized by friends, family, and city officials at Delmar University on Thursday night, the word pioneer came up one after another.
Twenty-two future firefighters were celebrated with the completion of an innovative emergency medical training program. The cadets were the first in the country to simultaneously attempt a rapid emergency medical technician and an emergency medical training course.
EMT and paramedic certifications are usually offered as separate courses one after another. The Corpus Christi Fire Department requires cadets to obtain both qualifications in addition to the firefighter qualifications.
The new Delmer College program has shortened the timeline by at least three months.
“This model is the future of how fire departments across the country train future firefighters and emergency medical personnel,” said CCFD Chief Robert Rocha.
Dono Bandiron has participated in the program, has obtained his emergency medical certification, and has almost completed training for firefighters.
“I’m honestly ready to get up and start working to serve our community,” Dillon said. “It’s one of our ultimate goals, so the sooner you get trained, pass the test, and meet your qualifications, the better.”
Melissa Stuive, chair of the university’s public services department and director of the EMS program, brought the pilot program to the DMC after the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Board Board of Education introduced the idea of a rapid program.
“A paramedic was created in Texas in the mid-1970s,” Makara Trusty, chairman of the state advisory board’s board of education, said in a video message played during the ceremony. “Since then, it’s been done in essentially the same way … well, it’s inefficient and hasn’t always proven to be the best way.”
Stuive said the promoted model is more consistent with the methods trained by other medical professionals.
“You don’t have to be a (certified nursing assistant) before you become a nurse,” says Stuive. “You don’t have to be (a doctor’s assistant) before you become a doctor.”
Programming to make emergency medical training more efficient, Stuive said.
Last year, the Texas Parliament approved $ 21.7 million to support EMS education and recruitment, especially in response to a serious shortage of EMS professionals in rural areas.
Stuive said a simultaneous accreditation program was first offered to cadets to test how the program could be applied to different student groups. Weatherford College in North Texas is testing a similar program for traditional students.
DMC is currently training another round of CCFD cadets.
“We have proved that it works,” Rocha said. “We can graduate young men and women to a career position in the fire department, but we can do it more timely.”
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