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SAISD’s Edison High School credentialed as an EMT campus; School’s First Responder Institute now offers EMT, fire fighting and law enforcement on one campus
09/24/2020

  Sept. 24, 2020 – San Antonio ISD this fall is implementing an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program at Edison High School. This new offering will be part of the Health Professions’ First Responder Institute at Edison, which now offers EMT, fire fighting and law enforcement – all on one campus.


In September, Edison passed an inspection with the Department of State Health Services, which earned its EMT class and training center a one-year provisional license. The course will begin on Oct. 5, and already students have been doing preliminary education that is part of the required TEKS. The program will be audited at the end of the first year, at which time the high school may earn a permanent license. 

“I have no doubt that our inaugural class of EMTs, under Edison as an EMT training center, will do great,” said Deborah Ramirez, magnet coordinator for the school’s Health Professions Institute. 

Ramirez, who is a paramedic, has had the goal of launching the EMT program since 2018.

“There is a shortage of EMTs in the workplace,” Ramirez said. “The First Responder Institute will prepare our next generation of emergency workers, giving them the knowledge they need to operate in an ambulance or take their certification into a hospital setting where they can use the skills and critical thinking required to work in emergency situations confidently. It also gives them a well-paying job that they can take into higher education.”

San Antonio Emergency Medical Training (SAEMT), a state-licensed EMT training provider, will provide support and oversight of the program at Edison in compliance with state requirements.

For more information on the First Responder Institute, visit www.saisd.net/edisonhs.

 

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