CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Aug. 16, 2023) — Mt. Diablo and Ygnacio Valley High School Patient Care Pathway programs got a boost this summer from a generous donation of supplies from Contra Costa College’s Emergency Medical Technology Department.
After the Mt. Diablo Unified School terminated its long-time involvement this spring with the California Partnerships Academy grant program which helped fund Academy programs at the two Concord high schools, Mt. Diablo teacher David Pintado began looking for other sources of donations and fund-raising.
He was directed to the Contra Costa College program by American Medical Response, a collaborating partner with the school’s CTE Career Technical Education. Pintado met with faculty members Aaron Bates, head of the EMT Program, and Chris Coughlin, NRP, PhD Paramedic Program Director, and they said they had overstock supplies they would donate.
“Our students will benefit tremendously from the supplies. They are great for educational purposes,” Pintado said. There were so many he split them with Sgt. Omar Edwards, his counterpart at Ygnacio Valley. Among the truckload of supplies were a FERNO extraction device, five prompt CPR, eight iron duck spine boards, auto pulse CPR device, vacuum splints, bandages, burn sheets, neck supports and slings.
Pintado added that he is confident this educational collaboration with Contra Costa College will continue.