PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo Fire Department received a Colorado Resource for Emergency and Trauma Education (CREATE) grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This grant assists with education costs and expenses for training fire department employees.
“Pueblo Fire Department is grateful to receive this CREATE grant to offset the educational costs associated with paramedic training for our staff,” said Chief of Pueblo City Fire Department Barb Huber. “We have enrolled four employees for this training which continues to elevate our response to our community.”
Pueblo Fire Department have enrolled four employees in paramedic classes at Pueblo Community College with the help of funding from the CREATE grant to assist with the health and safety of the public. The CREATE grant award total of $17,950 covers approximately 50 percent of the cost, with the City of Pueblo matching the remaining 50 percent of expenses.
CREATE assists private and public organizations in improving and expanding the emergency medical and trauma system (EMTS) in Colorado. The grant program is intended to provide funding to urban and rural EMTS agencies for education and training of emergency medical and trauma service providers working in Colorado only.
Senate Bill 34 created the Emergency medical Trauma System grant program in 1989. CDPHE administers to EMTS provider grant programs. The City of Pueblo Fire Department received a similar CREATE grant in 2017 and 2018. Classes for paramedic training have already begun and four fire department employees will gain much needed experience and training with the assistance of the CREATE grant.