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CGTC’s Paramedic Technology Program Hosts Extrication Training

Macon, Ga -  In a collaborative effort between Central Georgia Technical College’s (CGTC) Paramedic Technology program, Community Ambulance, and the Macon-Bibb Fire Department, the CGTC Macon campus hosted an event recently that from the outside looking in appeared to be the scene of a motor vehicle accident.  

Emergency management technicians, or EMT’s, and firemen call it extrication, or the practice of removing a car from around a patient in a motor vehicle accident. The training, which was part of the Emergency Management Technician (EMT) course, is as much a trial in patience as it is in practice.  Many students watched, eager to thrash and tear into an unoccupied vehicle, all while becoming prepared to handle this environment as future professionals in this field. 
Although they would eventually be active participants in the demonstration, the reason for having students present in any authentic training is for them to be sponges in the flow of the moment, soaking in as much information from professionals as possible. 
“The job of EMS professionals is really to deal with the patient,” said Richard Ellis, program chair for the Paramedic Technology (PT) program at CGTC. “Let the fireman extract the vehicle from the patient and be concerned about the safety of the patient.”
Learning to take care of patient needs in this instance requires an understanding of all that could be going on around them. 
But before going any further, glasses, gloves, jacket, and helmet are required. 
Windows shattered and door frames crumbled inside the mandibles of the Jaws of Life and other heavy tools. Macon-Bibb fireman maneuvered through the area with equal grace and precision as if it were the real thing, busting tires of old vehicles they provided. And over the sounds of metal being manipulated, Ellis laid out the learning outcomes for his students. 
“A good portion of their learning, after the didactic or cognitive training, is ambient.” he said. “In other words, they are thrown into as many realistic environments as possible and assessed to see how they react.” 
Authentic experiences like this extrication training are common occurrences in the curriculum of PT students. Like many other programs at CGTC, the end goal is to connect students to a career and make them capable for any facet of a job. 
For more information on the Paramedic Technology program contact, Richard Ellis at

Left: Derrick Uburtis, an instructor with Community Ambulance, demonstrates the use of each tool needed in the extrication process. Right: Students prepare to uses the Jaws of Life to tear open the hood of a car during an extrication training at Central Georgia Technical College. 

Submitted by JoBen Rivera-Thompson
April 19, 2017


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