Donated Ambulance Converted to Training Environment

October 12, 2016 -- Students in CNM’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Paramedic Program have a valuable new training environment to hone their skills in before being deployed to the field – the confines of an ambulance. School of Applied Technologies (AT) Automotive and Welding students recently completed a training trailer constructed around an actual ambulance body.
October 12, 2016

Albuquerque Ambulance donated a complete ambulance that had been taken out of service due to age and mechanical issues. In recognition of budgetary issues and to enhance flexibility, EMS program staff and faculty determined that the best use of the donated ambulance would be to make it into a training trailer.

Students and employees from AT’s Welding program carefully sectioned the vehicle’s frame and then fabricated a hitch. Automotive students, under the direction of instructor Curtis Garand, fabricated wiring harnesses and a switch panel, and installed a battery system to ensure that all the interior lighting and electrical accessories would be fully functional.

“Having provided care to many patients inside ambulances, I know first-hand the value of learning how to work, often with a partner, in such a confined space,” said Garand, a former paramedic. “The opportunity to develop these skills in a realistic environment prior to going into the field will be a great benefit to our EMS students.”

EMS faculty Kyle Cole thanked all the AT students, staff and faculty who applied their skills to the project.

“What a great example of collaboration. It doesn’t get any better than students sharpening their skills to provide an opportunity for students in a completely different program to sharpen their own,” said Cole. “This piece of equipment will truly affect peoples’ lives in the community by making our graduates more prepared for the environment in which they will work.”

Deputy Chief David Chapek of Albuquerque Ambulance said of the project, “It is great to see the collaboration between the various trades to achieve such a worthy goal.”

Thanks also go to AT Lab Supervisor Anthoney Carrillo and Instructional Technicians Juan Delgado (AT), Florencio Sandoval (AT) and Frances Ohler of School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety for their assistance and support.