Yuma, Ariz. - The number of emergency medical technicians serving the U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector swelled to 97, after 15 U.S. Border Patrol agents graduated from the National Registry EMT course on August 24.
The course, held at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, included 22 students representing the CBP U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, Drug Enforcement Administration and CBP San Luis port of entry.
Joseph Dressler, Acting Patrol Agent in Charge of the Special Operations Division said, "Adding 15 EMTs to our ranks allows us to provide a greater level of care, not only to our agents, but also to the communities in which we live."
If an emergency situation arises in a remote area where Border Patrol agents work, an ambulance could require an extended response time. For this reason, agents trained as EMTs are available to assist anyone in distress during Border Patrol missions.
CBP agencies in Arizona welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the CBP U.S. Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (866) 999-8727 toll free.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.