EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector has increased the number of Border Patrol agents who are also trained as emergency medical technicians.
“By increasing the number of agents who are trained as emergency medical technicians, we increase our ability to save lives in remote and inhospitable environments,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Additionally, Border Patrol agents are often the first to arrive at the scene of vehicle accidents in rural areas, the addition of these highly trained agents increases our ability to provide assistance in a variety of emergency situations.”
In an effort to better serve the local communities and be better prepared to respond to medical situations in the field, 18 RGV Sector agents completed a National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Emergency Medical Technician Course, which took place from Aug. 3 through Sept. 25. Additionally, several representatives from county, state, and other federal law enforcement agencies were present for the training.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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.