GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – CareFlite Air and Ground Ambulance has opened a new state-of-the-art Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training facility in Grand Prairie.

The president of CareFlite told KRLD NewsRadio 1080 that they expect to train 2,500 EMS professionals each year.

“We transport about 50,000 people a year,” said president Jim Swartz. “Exceptional people, with exceptional training give exceptional care. That’s CareFlite’s objective – to give exceptional care.”

The new Mabee EMS Training Center, located at the Grand Prairie Airport, has two classrooms, three patient simulators, and an aircraft cockpit-training device.

“The training is the most sophisticated in the region with these human/patient simulators,” Swartz said enthusiastically. “Plus, we’re able, in this room, to bring vehicles in from outside if it’s hot in the summer or cold in the winter and actually train the providers on the actual vehicles that they will be working on.”

The new 10,000 square foot facility will be used to not only train CareFlite employees, but other first responders and critical care providers.

Arlington Mayor Dr. Robert Cluck was on hand for the opening and has personal experience with CareFlite.

“CareFlite saved my life,” he said. “In 1994 I had an accident and I would have died had they not picked me up.”

The new center will provide training for certifications in eight types of lifesaving skills.

“It’s life saving care and the various certifications that first responders are required to maintain, as well as those who work in ICU’s and emergency departments at hospitals,” Swartz said.

CareFlite is the eighth oldest air medical transportation service in the nation.