UNM-LA builds ‘real life’ public safety section

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By Tris DeRoma

When it comes to saving a life, a little bit of reality never hurts. That’s the idea behind the  recent redesign of a certain section of classrooms that house the Emergency Medical Services program at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos.
The section is now known as the Public Safety section, and will be where most of the school’s EMS, fire and law enforcement classes are taught.
However, some of those classrooms no longer look like a typical classroom. Some of the classrooms look like the inside of an emergency room, a bathroom, a living room or the inside of a restaurant or a coffee house.
The school now has a room that is in the exact dimensions of an ambulance, outside and inside. Each of the special rooms will be stocked with the tools, medicines and equipment they would typically contain, right down to the stethoscopes, gurneys and monitors seen in a “real” emergency room or ambulance.
LAFD Division Chief of Training Joseph Candelaria, the program manager who oversees and helps teach the Emergency Medical Services program at UNM-LA, said there’s a reason for all the new attention to detail. Though the two-year degree program has been turning out qualified graduates since 2013, the school thought it was time the school made the EMS portion more immersive.

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