Open letter to the local EMS community and citizens of the Imperial Valley:
During the last couple months a terrible rumor has been circulating in the local emergency medical services community. This rumor has a lot to do with the quality of training that will be available for our local emergency workers in the future.
The Imperial Valley is in a critical stage with the inability to retain paramedics for periods longer than one to two years at a time, and the local call volume has more than doubled, taxing your local emergency crews while reducing the amount of paramedics available to respond to your emergency.
The Imperial Valley College emergency medical training division is threatened by the possibility of losing its local paramedic program and therefore limiting the amount of emergency workers who could receive training locally. This will cause a drop in the amount of paramedics in the field and it will also deter some of our local qualified candidates from continuing their educations in paramedicine.