By JOE R. BOWLING JR.
Students from Los Fresnos are busy with end of the year testing as are students throughout the Rio Grande Valley but a select few are taking the last steps towards a national test which takes place on April 12 in Edinburg. Justin Oakers, the Director of International Academy of Emergency Technicians was on hand Friday as his second year class of students went through the hands on training to prepare for this big day as they work in their EMT Basic Class.
“This is the second year that we have done this at Los Fresnos,” said Oakerson, “and today the kids are getting a chance to do some hands on training that will help with the test.”
Last year seven students successfully completed the class and passed the national test. This year nine students have completed the requirements to be eligible to take the test.
“There is more to this than classroom work,” said Oakerson, “the kids have to have rotation work completed at hospitals and with emergency ride-a-long with the ambulance district.”
Friday the Laguna Vista Volunteer Fire Department along with Valley Air Care gathered to assist with extraction using the Jaws of Life. The helicopter was also brought out so the students could see firsthand what was involved and it also gave them a chance to talk with the EMT crew.
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