Revolutionizing EMT Training at CTEC’s Magnet Program

Jan 4, 2024 | Grants, Our Stories

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are crucial in saving lives during emergencies. They must be well-equipped and work in unison with their team to act quickly and efficiently in these situations. This is where ambulance simulators come in. CTEC Paramedic/NAEMT Instructor/DSHS Instructor Lee Pearson recognized the importance of ambulance simulators in EMT readiness and successfully applied for a grant to acquire one for the program.

Equipped with a 4HD camera system, the simulator allows teachers and peers to observe and provide feedback on simulated emergency responses in the ambulance. This has taken the CTEC EMT program to the industry gold standard, on par with universities and other excellent EMT programs.

Students in the program, like Robert Soriano, are thrilled with the experience. He describes the program as “awe-inspiring” and plans on pursuing a career in the medical field with the US Marines. Alachie Rodriguez also loves the class and feels more prepared to ride with the San Antonio Fire Department after working in a realistic environment like the simulator. Juliette Smaltze hopes to complete her certification and work as an EMT throughout college.

Thanks to a generous $51,000 grant, Mr. Pearson was able to purchase and install the ambulance simulator, enabling him to motivate and inspire students to greatness. Please consider donating to the Northeast Foundation at to support teachers and students in achieving their goals.

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