North Blanco County EMS

Sarah Leach, BS, LP
Professional Development

About Captain Leach

Sarah is the Captain of Professional Development for North Blanco County EMS in Johnson City, Texas, where in addition to being a field practitioner she oversees the initial education, continuing education and quality assurance departments for North Blanco County EMS. Sarah received her paramedic from Burnet EMS Training Division in 2001 and completed her Bachelors in Science in Emergency Health Sciences at UTHSCSA in 2012.  She is a current Texas Basic Coordinator, Licensed Paramedic and National Registry Paramedic.  In addition to holding NAEMT Instructor certifications in multiple disciplines, Sarah is currently the NAEMT EMS Safety Regional Coordinator for Region 4, overseeing the EMS Safety program in the States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. Sarah has a wide range of experience both as a practitioner and as an educator.  As a practitioner Sarah has worked in a wide range of environments, everything from a paramedic on a transfer ambulance in Austin to a paramedic on a 911 rural ambulance to working as an armed remote duty medic in the Middle East.  Her experiences as an educator are just as vast. She has taught CPR to community members, she teaches initial and continuing education courses and has taught and mentored Afghan Police Officers in their journey to become medics for their respective units.

Continuing Education

North Blanco County EMS is authorized by the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide continuing education. We offer regular continuing education programs to not only our own personnel, but these educational opportunities are open to providers from other agencies at no cost. The courses offered cover a wide range of topics, providing area providers with a well-rounded EMS education.

Because we are an authorized continuing education provider (DSHS CE Site# 600417), providers who successfully complete continuing education courses with us will be able to use these continuing education credits towards renewal of their DSHS certification as well as their National Registry certification, as appropriate.

Continuing Education courses will take place at the North Blanco County EMS Station in Johnson City. The North Blanco County EMS station features a large classroom with audiovisual equipment, in addition to state-of-the-art equipment available for training use.


Card Courses

North Blanco County EMS is an authorized training center under the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI). Through this program we are able to provide CPR, AED, First Aid, ACLS and PALS training in addition to many other course offerings. ASHI resuscitation training programs conform to the ILCOR 2010 Consensus on Science and the 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science.

ASHI resuscitation programs are approved by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). CECBEMS is the national accrediting body for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) continuing education courses and course providers. CECBEMS accreditation requires an evidence-based peer-review process for continuing education programs comparable to all healthcare accreditors. HSI is a nationally accredited by CECBEMS. ASHI resuscitation programs meet the standards of the Joint Commission, are accepted as equivalent to the AHA by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the United States Coast Guard Health Services Program, among many others (letters on file).

On whole, ASHI training programs are currently endorsed, accepted, approved, or meet the requirements of more than 1300 state and provincial regulatory agencies, occupational licensing boards, national associations, commissions, and councils.


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