Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
Amanda Aguirre spoke at the monthly meeting of the Yuma County Fire Officers Association (YCFOA), held Thursday in Somerton, and was recognized for the contributions the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. has been making to health care in our area. The Center is providing funding to train twelve (12) area Paramedics from nine (9) response agencies serving our region.
The twelve paramedic candidates were selected through interviews conducted by the YCFOA and represent personnel from those departments and organizations providing emergency medical response in this area. These agencies included the Yuma, Somerton, San Luis, Wellton, Rural Metro, Tacna, and Yuma Proving Ground Fire Departments, as well as Tri-Valley Ambulance and the United States Border Patrol. All serve our area and provide emergency medical services to people in need.
Paramedic training is an intense eleven month program combining classroom instruction, clinical internship, and demonstrated proficiency. The combined 1800+ hours of dedication and determination is accomplished while still maintaining their other work and home responsibilities.
In addition to being recognized for the enhancements this training will bring to Yuma County emergency medical response, Amanda also spoke about a pilot Community Para-medicine program. This program being proposed by the Regional Center for Border Health would integrate paramedic services into follow up home care to reduce future emergency intervention.
Photo courtesy of the Yuma Fire Department
(Amanda Aguirre, CEO of RCFBH, and YFD Battalion Chief Mike Walton, Chairman of the YCFOA Training Committee)
Mike Michael H. Erfert, MPIO
Administrative Fire Officer
City of Yuma Fire Department