Public Education

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WCEMS takes public education seriously. We live, work, and play in Williamson County just like you so our commitment doesn't end when our shift does.  Please explore all we have to offer.Medic providing ambulance show and tell for kids.

  • We offer American Heart Association CPR courses along with Take 10 CPR. Bystanders are the real heroes. Follow the link to find out why.
  • Stop The Bleed training is available online and in-person.
  • Are you aged 16 to 20 and interested in a career in medicine? Come join our Explorer Post and see what it's like to work in an ambulance!
  • Our Shattered Dreams DUI Team works annually to educate high school students about the dangers of DUI. Contact them to arrange a program at your child's school.
  • Requesting a Public Speaker or Ambulance To Your Event is a great way to learn about us. We look forward to meeting you!
  • Please contact our county Public Affairs Manager for media inquiries.
  • The WCEMS Honor Guard is available to serve at ceremonial functions and other special events.
  • Child Safety is everyone's responsibility. Our car seat program and Safe Baby Academy are available to the entire community.



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EMS Administration and Training Facility
3189 S.E. Inner Loop Drive
Georgetown, TX  78626
512-943-1264

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Commonly Heard Terms On An EMS Call & What They Mean

TermDefinition
A&OX4
Alert and oriented to person, place, time, and event.
BGLBlood glucose (sugar) level, checked with a glucometer.
BagDevice with a bag and a mask used to provide breaths. Also called a BVM.
BoxAmbulance. Also referred to as a unit, medic, M.I.C.U., bus, my office.
BPBlood pressure.  Systolic, top number.  Diastolic, bottom number.
Cardiac ArrestDeath resulting from the heart-stopping beating. Not the same as a heart attack (see Heart Attack definition).
CO2Exhaled gas, measuring this helps us diagnose certain issues.
ECGElectrocardiogram, a tracing provided by our monitor, shows your heart’s electrical activity.
ElectrodesUsed to attach ECG wires or leads to your body.  Also called stickers, stickies, buttons, etc.
EMTEmergency Medical Technician.  Usually used to refer to a Basic level provider. Paramedics are also EMT but not all EMTs are Paramedics.
First ResponderRefers to firefighters that provide initial medical care.  Most are EMT Basics.
G.C.S.A score for your level of alertness and ability to move.
Glucometerused to check blood sugar.
Heart AttackA heart problem usually results from a clot in a coronary blood vessel.  Can result in cardiac arrest.
IntubationThe placement of a breathing tube.
LucasA machine that does chest compressions during CPR.
Medical DirectorOversees care, trains, and is responsible for all levels of EMTs in the WCEMS System.  EMTs provide care by law, as the medical director’s proxy.
M.I.C.U.Mobile Intensive Care Unit.
MonitorMachine used to view an ECG, PulseOx, and CO2.
OhsOxygen
ParamedicThe highest level of EMT provider.  Can administer complex treatments including cardiac medications and breathing tubes.  Trained to make important decisions with the consent of their medical director.
PadsLarge stickers placed on the body as part of an emergency pacemaker for the heart.  During CPR to shock the heart.
POVYour vehicle
PulseOxMeasures the percentage of oxygen in your blood.  Also called SPO2.
STEMIAn acronym for a heart attack with definitive proof on an ECG, seen on the monitor.
ToughbookComputer used to document an EMS call.
VentilatorMachine used to provide breaths for patients that cannot do so for themselves.