Education & Training
New Member Training
Once accepted in to our program, new members begin by taking the EMT-Basic class together over the course of the fall semester. During the first week of the class, new members are taught CPR & AED for the healthcare provider, and are also trained to drive the ambulance. Additionally, new members begin working weekly shifts for the squad at the beginning of the school year. This unique program allows new members to gain valuable experience while they are still in training, and also bond with fellow new members on the squad.
Each year, Rescue Squad loses approximately one-third of its members to graduation and gains an equivalent amount of new members. With such a high turnover rate, continuing training and preparation are crucial to the Rescue Squad's ability to effectively treat patients. All of our non-provisional members have completed the 120 hours of initial classroom training and 24 hours of clinical experience required to become certified as an EMT-B.
Preceding the start of each academic year, the Rescue Squad plans a Training Week to give all returning members a refresher on a variety of EMS topics. Members move in a week early, and attend continuing education lectures in the morning and afternoon throughout the week. Lectures are delivered by area physicians, paramedics, and EMS coordinators. Once the school year begins, continuing education lectures are held on a monthly basis for members.
Rescue Squad also holds monthly training calls to help members improve their assessment skills and confidence on calls. These calls are planned by the Training Officer, and often feature more challenging scenarios such as cardiac arrest or severe trauma.
All Rescue Squad members start out working as 3rds (also known as drivers) when on duty. In order to become promoted to a 2nd, and eventually a Crew Chief, members go through a rigorous promotion process to prove their skills and knowledge. Crew Chiefs, in particular, must complete a considerable amount of additional training. They are required to attend International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), and also have to participate in additional outside clinical opportunities.