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Paramedic courses revived in Raymondville (6/12/98)

Emergency medical technology training in Willacy County has been revived in part with a grant from the South Texas/Border Region Health Education Initiative.

Courses were offered in the early '90s, but lack of funding curtailed the offerings, said Sal Robles, director of emergency medical technology at The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, which provides the instruction.

The $45,000 grant and support from UT Brownsville's Continuing Education Program have enabled instructors to offer two courses at the Willacy County EMS station in Raymondville, Robles said.

One five-month course covers basic emergency medical technology for prospective EMTs. A six-month course in advanced paramedic training is designed for EMTs who want to improve their skills.

Classes meet two nights a week, and students carry out clinical and ambulance rotations as part of their study. There are 45 students enrolled from as far away as Starr County, Robles said.

Texas Southmost College offers an associate's degree in emergency medical technology.

Contact: Jim Barrett, (210) 567-2570