Department EMTs receive training in trauma, airway management, respiratory emergencies, pediatric emergencies, and CPR, among other subjects throughout the year. These classes count toward the renewal of their State EMT certification every two years and meet the requirement set forth by Department of Transportation (DOT) recertification standards.
A few techniques used to accomplish this training are monthly medical DVDs on a variety of medical topics, in-station training with paramedics focusing on their support role when working on an Advanced Life Support (ALS) truck, an on-line training website for tests, video conferencing, Power Point presentations, etc.
The Training Division trains extensively with new paramedics going through the credentialing process. This process involves new paramedics taking written tests, reviewing and testing on advanced medical procedures, riding numerous hours on an ambulance, practicing and testing on scenarios, then culminating with an interview process with the Medical Director. Once the Medical Director agrees the paramedic is ready to work on one’s own, they are considered “credentialed.”
Paramedics have monthly in-services with either our Medical Director or a guest physician, watch monthly medical videos and take tests based on the lectures crafted by the Training Division on our new on-line website. All Medical Director’s lectures are videotaped allowing those unable to attend to make up the training. They will receive recertification Certified Education Units (CEUs) after successfully completing the exam created by the Training Division.
Paramedics must accumulate a set number of continuing education units of instruction to recertify with the State every two years. This training is supplied and provided by the Training Division.
The department currently has 35 credentialed paramedics and 2 in the process of credentialing.
Paramedics are also required to obtain and maintain several certifications: