December 3, 2012 — Fulton-Montgomery Community College will be sponsoring an EMT-B Refresher class starting on January 7, 2013 along with an EMT-B Original class starting on January 9, 2013. These courses will be conducted on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. each week and held on FM’s campus. The instructor for the class will be Mark Hitchcock, a Paramedic who has been involved in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for many years and is the EMS Program Coordinator for FM.
“In the early years of EMS, if one needed to be transported to the hospital it would have been done by either a funeral director or in an ambulance with the patient all by themselves in the patient compartment,” explains Hitchcock. “The ambulance attendants had minimal training and would load the patient into the ambulance and go the hospitals with minimal to no medical treatment. In current times the training of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) has improved greatly and we are giving patients the care they need and deserve. Becoming an EMT is the starting block for many as a lifetime career, whether as a volunteer or career staff for an ambulance agency or fire department. In order for one to become an EMT-Paramedic they have to start at the EMT-Basic level. In New York State, one needs to be 18 years of age in order to be an EMT-Basic.”
According to Hitchcock, the EMT-Basic course provides basic EMS assessment skills to detect life-threatening problems; CPR resuscitation; vital signs; airway management and oxygen skills; hemorrhage control and treatment of shock; spinal immobilization to prevent spinal injuries; splinting for fractures; general knowledge of medical, including basic pharmacology, traumatic problems and treatments; and instruction in the use of a semi-automatic cardiac monitor/defibrillator.
This 140-hour course also requires an additional 10 hours (minimum) of clinical experience. The course will conclude with the New York State practical and written examinations scheduled for August 15, 2013. An EMT is not licensed but holds a certification that needs to be renewed every three years by either taking a Challenge Refresher Course or through a Continuing Medical Education program.
IS5A, FIREFIGHTER ONE, or a Hazardous Material Awareness Course, plus ICS 100, NIMS 700 & a valid CPR card are required to be on file with the instructor by April 8, 2013 to complete the course. The IS5A, ICS 100, and NIMS 700 courses are available online free at www.fema.gov.
To register for a course, a $40.00 deposit is required which is refundable after receiving a passing grade of 70 or above on the New York State written exam at the end of the course. If you belong to a fire department that has a New York State Agency Number or Ambulance Corporation, there is no cost for the course, except the deposit. The cost of the Original course is $775.00 for students paying tuition. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own text book and work book. For further information, call (518) 736-3622, ext. 8006.