SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Howard College EMS program announced its purchase of a simulation ambulance to aid in training first responders and paramedics in Tom Green County and surrounding areas.

A press release from the school said the majority of these students are new recruits hired by the San Angelo Fire Department.

Program chair Travis Hunter said in the release, “the simulated ambulance is a bridge from classroom training to real ambulance runs.”

Hunter poses real-world scenarios for the students so they understand how to work and treat patients while in the confined spaces of the ambulance. The acquisition of this simulated ambulance offers students hands-on skills training prior to doing clinicals in the field.

For the last three years, the program had a 100% pass rate on the NREMT Skills exam and an 89% pass rate on the NREMT Cognitive Test. The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs conducted a peer review in 2018 for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA EMSP) and CAAHEP’s board of directors recognized the Howard College program’s substantial compliance with the nationally-established accreditation standards and awarded the program continued accreditation through 2023.

The EMS program is one of 10 health profession programs available at Howard College.