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Jul 9, 2016

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HALO-Flight & Coastal Bend College Enrolling Students

EMS Training Academy  Classes Began July 6

Five years ago, individuals wanting to enter the professional field of emergency response care got a new opportunity to train with, and be trained by, veteran instructors who are seasoned emergency medical professionals at HALO-Flight, Inc.

Today, the tradition continues with a new location designed to make the training experience more accessible with classrooms on the campus of Coastal Bend College, Alice Campus. Enrollment is underway for the Academy at Coastal Bend College, Alice Campus, 704 Coyote Trail, Alice, Texas 78332. Classes began July 6.

“The Texas Department of State Health Services first granted a license to the HALO-Flight EMS Training Academy in October 2011,” said Academy Coordinator Wendy Greer, LP, EMSC, “and the Academy has continued to provide professional training for aspiring emergency medical students since that time.”

Classes will be held from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings between July and December. The class will be limited to 20 students who have met the prerequisites. For a list of prerequisites, candidates should contact Greer at wendyg@haloflight.org. Registration question can be directed to Debbie Cadena at dcadena@coastalbend.edu or 361.664.3039.

The Academy’s curriculum includes:

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Advanced EMT (AEMT)Goals and objectives for the Academy are dynamic and change to meet the evolving needs of the EMS community.  HALO-Flight EMS Training Academy offers EMR, EMT and Advanced EMT levels of TDSHS EMS certification training, continuing education, and EMS Skills proficiency testing as well as provides many specialized courses such as 12-Lead ECG; Advanced Airway; IV therapy; AHA BLS (CPR); ASHI First Aid.Since inception of the HALO-Flight EMS Training Academy just five years ago, over 100 students have moved through the training and towards certification as community-based emergency medical responders throughout South Texas.  With this Agreement, the classes will have a permanent home and students can access additional higher education offerings as they prepare for careers in emergency response.