EMT Shortage Gets Relief in Borderland

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has approved ProAction Emergency Services Institute for the state’s first pilotAdvanced EMT patch program facilitating Advanced EMT training in Texas. This will help to address the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) shortage in Texas and open career opportunities for certified Advanced EMTs (AEMT).

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent healthcare worker burn-out amplified the already limited pool of emergency medical services professionals. The Open Enrollment course teaches advanced skills, providing a higher level of medical care such as medication administration and intubation.

“We are proud and excited to be able to host this new program. It gives us the opportunity to prepare more EMT’s at the advanced level to help fill-in the EMT shortage gap.” -ProAction Education Director, Luis Ortiz

Typically, you must already be certified as an EMT to progress to Advanced EMT, however this unique pilot program aims to train advanced level providers without having prior medical experience. An Advanced EMT is eligible for a higher level of compensation. EMTs are employed with hospitals, ambulance service providers, doctor’s offices, and federal, city and county government agencies.
ProAction has graduated hundreds of EMT candidates since 2006.

ProAction is the premier EMS training facility in El Paso with flexible classes available morning and evening. Registration is now open for the Civilian to Advanced EMT course. To apply call (915) 532-2771 or email [email protected]

Learn Two Steps to Save a Life with Hands-Only CPR.

Join a Nation of Heartsavers on June 1-7 for National CPR and AED Awareness Week.

Did you know that 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? Statistically speaking, if you are called upon in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a parent, a sibling, or a friend.

CPR increases a person’s chance of survival by double or even triple. Consequently, bystanders play an integral part in increasing survival from cardiac arrest. Because of this, we are asking you to please take 90 seconds of your day to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR. We are pleased to support the American Heart Association and its important mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest.

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with over 600,000 deaths each year. Promptly and adequately performed CPR can dramatically improve someone’s chance of survival. A leading cause of death in children ages 4 and under is drowning. CPR certification for parents and childcare providers can help to decrease the loss of life.

In just 90 seconds, you can learn the two simple steps to Hands-Only CPR. Share these Hands-Only CPR resources with your family, friends, co-workers, and your community.

Please watch the video any day June 1-7. Then, share this important link with family and friends and tag us on your posts on Facebook, (@AHACPR) and Twitter (@HeartCPR) using the hashtag, #CPRWithHeart. We would like 100% student participation.

For more comprehensive training, you can find our CPR, First Aid, AED, and Stop the Bleed training schedule by visiting www.pro-action.org/cpr.

Thank you for joining the next Generation of Heartsavers!