MCALLEN, Texas – Students in the McAllen ISD can now get certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher or Emergency Medical Technician. It is a chance to go into a classroom that is set up like a real-life scenario. It includes a mock communication center and mock ambulance to help get a hands-on experience with real equipment. When the students graduate from the program, they’ll be ready for real-life emergency situations.
Krystal Cantu, 911 Dispatcher, “It can get intense, but with anything you have to, I guess kind of have to have the upper hand and take control of the call and try to do the best to help the patient.”
Raul Alviso, Paramedic, “Right now we are short on paramedics and recently we are showing a little bit of a trend that is trying to pick up because, most of our paramedics are going into nursing, and now we need to fill those spots.”
Many high school students are transferring from other districts to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information on the program contact the McAllen CTE Office at (956) 632-5181.