Stevens County EMS Education will be offering an initial Emergency Medical Responder course starting November 5th, 2012. Before I get into the details of the course, I’ll give a little background on some of the new terminology:
Recently the National EMS Education Standard Curricula were updated to become a set of ‘Standards’ as opposed to a curricula. Along with implementation of the new standards, new certifications were developed to replace the traditional First Responder and EMT titles. Previously, we had First Responders, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate 85, EMT-Intermediate 99 and EMT-Paramedic. The new terms and certifications are Emergency Medical Responder (formerly First Responder), EMT (formerly EMT-Basic), Advanced EMT and Paramedic. Scopes of practice for these certification levels were also modified in an effort to ensure that on a nation-wide basis we are not only consistent in education levels for various responders, but we also provide scopes of practice that allow for the best, most effective pre-hospital patient care possible at all levels.
So for those ‘old dogs’ out there that have trouble learning new tricks, when you see the term Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), think ‘First Responder’ and you’ll be just fine. It’s not quite the same, but close enough for comparison!
Our upcoming EMR Class will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 10:30. Class is held at the Stevens County Ambulance Training Center – 209 South Hwy 9 in Morris. The exciting thing about an EMR class is it concentrates on ‘hand-on’ learning, the basic skills one needs to respond and provide emergency medical care during the first crucial minutes of a medical emergency. EMRs (First Responders) are a critical part of the EMS system and the Chain of Survival. In Stevens County we are fortunate to have exceptional volunteers that serve on the various First Responder teams in Hancock, Cyrus, Donnelly and Chokio. If you have ever thought about becoming a first responder or serving on your local first responder team or fire department, or are maybe considering a career in law enforcement or the healthcare field – this class is for you! Sign up today!
To register for this class or if you’d like more information, contact EMS Education by RWF Enterprises, Inc. email firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 1-855-88-SAFETY, or locally at 320-589-7421. You can also visit us at www.stevensems.com or ‘like’ us on facebook!