The city of Brownsville and Texas Southmost College signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a new paramedic training program.
Paramedics are amongst the first responders to 911 calls.
They’ll play for a fallen hero or in times of tragedy, but today the Fire Department bagpipe band played with excitement. That’s because Texas Southmost College and the City of Brownsville signed their way into a new partnership.
Brownsville Fire Chief Carlos Elizondo says, “This is one of the biggest goals that I’ve had to implement. It’s taken us 6 months. I’ve been here six months and we’re moving forward.”
This initiative will create a Paramedic Training Program at TSC. The fire department claims it needs 21 paramedics out in the field. Traditionally it would take 2 years to get employees trained, but this program allows them to be trained within 6-8 months.
“It’s an important milestone for us because it’s getting back to where the college started in 1926 which is providing training and providing opportunities for people in the community,” says TSC Interim President Mike Shannon.
TSC currently has paramedic training for the general public. Those classes are available today. This new program will be coming up shortly.
Shannon says, “It’s renewing a relationship, it’s building partnerships but… it’s all about saving lives.”
“Anybody that comes to the city of Brownsville and dials 9-1-1, they know that they are going to get the best care possible,” state Elizondo.
The actual training is scheduled to begin sometime in the spring of 2017.
Both training and instructors will be provided by the city of Brownsville.