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BERT commences annual EMT training and licensing

Wednesday June 17th, 2015. BMG: Yesterday, June 16th, the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) held its annual workshop in Belize City to train EMTs and renew their licenses so that they can continue to provide year round emergency services to Belizeans all across the country. BERT

BERT is responsible for the training of hundreds of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) countrywide. These individuals are trained to manage emergency medical situations and provide care to victims before they reach the hospital in order to prevent death in some extreme instances.

BERT’s Executive Director, Yvette Burke was at the workshop yesterday and spoke to the media about the importance of EMTs and the focus of BERT. “We need to have the supplies and equipment to care for patients but most importantly; we need to have people who have been properly trained and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to use those equipment and supplies”. Burks went on to say that we need people who understand how to: “assess a patient situation and to apply the needed assistance to get that patient the best possible outcome from that situation; whether it be medical or trauma. And that’s our focus.”

Seven ambulances are operated by BERT in the districts of Belize and Cayo, providing emergency services at various events and responding quickly when called upon. Burke reminds all EMTs to renew their license as licensing and training has already started for this year.

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