EMSA partners with local agencies in Tulsa's first police officer EMT program
TULSA, Okla. (April 8, 2015) -- An inaugural class of nine Tulsa police officers is soon to graduate as emergency medical technicians thanks to their department’s partnership with Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Fire Department and EMSA.
The EMT student-officers are full-time officers, have been enrolled in TCC’s EMT program and are now completing clinical rotations with EMSA and TFD.
“EMSA is a busy system that provides an opportunity for someone to apply a wide variety of emergency medical skills. In a short amount of time, you can demonstrate a vast amount of knowledge that you have learned in the classroom,” said EMSA Clinical Instructor Scott Williams, B.S., B.A., NREMT-P. “There is a lot of potential for community impact when more public servants are able to offer immediate care in the field. It can save lives. And, to have them training directly with us, helps all of us to understand each other’s capabilities and communicate more efficiently.”
The officers were selected through a rigorous selection process. Plans are already in discussion for the next cohort of officers to go through the program.
“As police officers, we often encounter situations where citizens are facing life-threatening trauma or medical conditions,” said Tulsa Police Department Assistant Training Director Captain Ryan Perkins. “The Tulsa Police Department is excited to partner with TCC, the Tulsa Fire Department and EMSA to further prepare our officers for situations where they can take life-saving actions for citizens and their co-workers.”
The TCC EMT program prepares students to successfully complete the national certifying written and psychomotor exams provided by the National Registry of EMTs, as well as to perform the responsibilities of an EMT in the field. Demand for EMTs and paramedics is high and is predicted to grow.