LAREDO, Texas – Today, the Laredo Sector Border Patrol held a graduation ceremony for 17 federal officers comprised of Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo Sector, Office of Field Operations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation, completing the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course. The graduation ceremony was held at the Border Patrol Laredo North Station.
The 17 federal officers successfully completed the 10-week intensive training necessary to become a certified EMT. The course trains students in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency medical care, including evaluating and treating patients for shock, medical emergencies such as strokes, heart attacks, illnesses, and diabetic emergencies and respiratory emergencies. They also had additional advanced training on infectious diseases, administrating medications and intravenous fluids, manage mass casualty incidents, respond and treat patients in a tactical environment.
Exposure related rescue efforts, most having been attributed to dehydration, have seen a dramatic increase during fiscal year 2015 with Border Patrol agents having facilitated the rescue of more 491 persons while conducting patrol duties.
“It is very noteworthy, that these young men and women take on the challenge to become an EMT, not for themselves, but to assist the community in which they serve,” said Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez.
The Laredo Sector now deploys 126 personnel with the training to not only protect our Nation borders, but to offer critical medical attention and save lives.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.