If you have an interest in becoming an EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), AEMT (Advanced Emergency Medical Technician) or Paramedic, there are EMS (Emergency Medical Services) classes available around the State of Vermont. Vermont EMS Course List.
The EMR course is a good entry level course to become a first responder. It is a great course to take beyond CPR to learn what to do in case of a medical emergency. It includes CPR, the use of an Automated Electronic Defibrillator, basic life support, splinting, wound control, basic care of medical and trauma patients, etc. It is a 60 hour course, and required to assist in the back of the ambulance. The EMT course is more involved, going into detail on basic life support, body systems, BLS medications, and assistance to ALS (Advanced Life Support) providers. It covers medical problems, like emergency cardiac care, stroke care, asthma as well as trauma, back boarding, traction splints, emergency childbirth, basic medications and more. AEMT’s go a step further, providing IV and IO access, intubation and Advanced Life Support (ALS) medications. Candidates at all levels are required to pass formal Psycho-motor and written examinations according to the Vermont Department of Health Certification Standards. Most courses use Jones and Bartlett Learning textbooks and materials.
Vermont Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security offer incident command system courses on a regular basis. The courses introduce first responders to the command system that has been adopted nationally for mass casualty incidents, from bus accidents and floods to terrorist attacks. Vermont Emergency Management Training Calendar.
LVRS is lucky to have EMR’s, EMT’s, AEMT’s and Paramedics as members. All are volunteers and dedicate many hours to training and continuing education beyond earning their initial licenses.