OUR NEXT CLASS WILL BE IN SPRING/SUMMER 2021
This course meets all of the requirements set forth by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services to become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in Virginia. This course typically meets two nights a week from 6:00pm-10:00pm. There are currently plans to hold an EMT course in late summer/fall of 2020. Our Spring/Summer course had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. All information provided below is courtesy of the Virginia OEMS form TR.14B which provides the functional job description for an EMT.
Qualifications for State Certification:
To qualify for state certification, the applicant must at a minimum:
- Meet minimum state entry requirements
- Meet course requirements such as attendance and grades
- Successfully complete all certification/licensure examination(s)
The EMT must demonstrate competency in handling emergencies utilizing basic life support equipment and skills in accordance wit the objectives in the U.S. Departement of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for the EMT to include having the ability to:
- Verbally communicate in person, via telephone, and telecommunications using the English language
- Hear spoken information from co-workers, patients, physicians, and dispatchers including in sounds common to the emergency scene
- Ability to life, carry, and balance up to 125lbs (250lbs with assistance) a height of 33 inches, a distance of 10ft
- Read and comprehend written materials under stressful conditions
- Document, physically in writing, document physically patient information in prescribed format
- Demonstrate manual dexterity and fine motor skills, with ability to peform all tasks related to quality patient care in a safe manner
- Bend, stoop. crawl, and walk on uneven surfaces
- Meet minimum vision requirements to operate a motor vehicle within the state
Description of Tasks
The Basic Life Support Provider must:
- Recieves a dispatch all, verbally acknowledges the call, reads road maps, identifies the most expeditous route to the scene, and observes traffic ordances and regulations
- Upon arrival at the scene, ensures that the vehicle is parked in a safe location. Safely performs size-up to determine scene safety including the presence of hazardous materials, mechanism of injury or illness, and the total number of patients. Performs triage and requests additional help as necessary.
- In the absence of public safety personnel takes safety precautions to protect the injured and those assisting in the care of the patient(s)
- Using body substance isolation techniques, protects the patient(s) and providers from possible contamination.