“Squad 51 this is County; there is a report of an adult male found unconscious presumably due to fall from ladder while cleaning his gutters; witnesses state he is breathing however bleeding profusely from his lower leg.”
Keayonna Hicks, an Emergency Medical Technician student listens carefully analyzing what the “dispatcher,” Erica Lester, a lab instructor from Central Texas College, is conveying. “Affirmative, good copy,” she retorts; her adrenaline raises and heart races as she deciphers this crucial information while discussing the plan of action with her partner, Sgt. Barry Hill.
This is one of many practical scenarios that participants may encounter while attending the EMT program at the Wiesbaden Education Center. This five-credit hour course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become an EMT thus preparing for the National Registry Certification examination, the ability to work in hospitals, fire and rescue organizations, private ambulance companies and other health care agencies allowing students to exercise the proper skills necessary to render immediate care during medical and trauma emergency situations. This health related, work-based learning experience enables students to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. Along with collaboration from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the EMT student will have the opportunity to work alongside other medical professionals either at Wiesbaden’s health clinic or emergency department, receiving up to 25 patient contact hours via hands-on clinical experience. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to take the exam to be certified as an emergency medical technician by either the Texas Department of State Health Services or the National Registry.
Other Emergency Medical Service courses offered at CTC include Sports and Physical Training Injuries, Rapid Patient Assessment/Sick Not Sick, Advanced Airway Management, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support as to augment recertification for current NREMTs within the Wiesbaden community.
Those interested in learning more about future EMS classes should stop by the CTC administrative office at the Educational Center in Bldg. 1023E. The next EMT course will begin Aug. 27 and end Nov. 14.
“Rampart this is Squad 51, ETA to your location is 2 minutes, over…”
Written by Eric Klage, Central Texas College, Clay Kaserne, EMS Instructor