In emergencies, people of all ages, races, genders, regions and faiths may rely on emergency medical technicians to respond quickly and competently. From car accidents to gun shots, childbirth to accidental poisonings, heart attacks to broken limbs, EMT’s must be prepared for and skilled in providing immediate care until patients can be transported to a hospital if necessary.
Becoming an EMT takes training and experience. EMT’s must know how to assess an emergency scene, control bleeding, apply splints, assist in childbirth, administer oxygen and certain medications, and perform CPR and other basic life support skills.
Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, is the minimum level of training for all ambulance personnel. At the end of the classes you will be required to take a state written exam at a regional testing site. The state testing also includes a “skills” exam where you will be tested on your demonstration of patient assessments and treatment skills and use of emergency medical equipment.
Classes for EMT-Basic training are taking place in September at 499 W. Washington St., North Webster. Class registrants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and current CPR card. They must also have or be in the process of obtaining Hepatitis vaccines, and have current TB test results.
To reserve your place in class, mail a check or money order by Sept. 10 to: Sue Bechtold, 315 S. 400 W., Warsaw, IN 46580. For more information, contact Bechtold at [email protected] or by calling 574-551-2868.