11/15/2007 12:00 AM
The Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, recently received an $800,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to provide training for rural-based emergency medical services personnel.
According to Greg LaMay, project manager for TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute, the grant will provide vital training to improve emergency medical care for what he describes as “a vast number of citizens” who do not live in or near urban areas.
LaMay says Trauma Service Areas or Regional Advisory Councils have been established to standardize patient treatments regardless of where an individual resides.
“The goal is for a patient who gets injured in, say, Terlingua, Texas, to get the same treatment as someone in Bryan-College Station,” LaMay said. “This grant is designed to help us achieve that goal.”
Through this program, TEEX can assist agencies and departments with initial EMS training, continuing education and instructor training.
About the Texas Engineering Extension Service
TEEX , a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized first-responder training, homeland security exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire services, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue, and economic development.