Reader Mail: EMT!

10/7/2008:

Want to join the EMT? Here’s a reader mail along those lines…

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What do I do?

“I overheard about the EMT Training courses. I am currently 20 and I have high interests to persue in the EMT field. I am not certified for First Aid or CPR. What are the qualifications and requirements needed? “

Well…

Do you want to volunteer with the HVAC? If so, you will need to take CPR for Health Care Providers. You can preregister at http://www.hobokenems.com/page5.html if you want to wait until HVAC offers it. JCMC used to give that class; But not sure whether they still do. Classes usually cost between $60 and $100 and it comes out of pocket.

The EMT-Basic course is 110 hours in the classroom and 10 hours volunteering in a local emergency room. Completion of CPR for Health Care Providers and passing of every one of the 8 or 9 tests given during the class as well as the statewide final will be necessary to get certified as an EMT Basic. It is like taking a college course of 4 credits that includes lecture and lab. The next courses will probably begin in February, and you can usually get a list from the NJ DOH website. There is a link to it from the training webpage at hobokenems above.

The class cost about $400 a few years ago, for those who paid out of pocket, current costs may be higher. If you are an active member of a NJ volunteer ambulance corps, then the state will pay for this class.

You can apply for HVAC membership at http://www.hobokenems.com. It is, of course, hoped and expected that anyone who is accepted as a member, rides the 4 shifts a month as an observer, and passes the EMT course will continue in years to come as an active volunteer EMT still riding the 4 shifts a month.

If you has further questions, there is contact information for the training lieutenant at the link.

(Thanks to the Hoboken411 reader for providing the info!!)

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13 Comments on "Reader Mail: EMT!"


nacholibre
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nacholibre
7 years 11 months ago

Yeah, that is what I am banking on (2+ years)

strand
Member
strand
7 years 11 months ago

I think it depends partially on how long you have been expired for. If over 12 months I am rather sure you have to start from scratch.

nacholibre
Member
nacholibre
7 years 11 months ago

I think it is impressive that HVAC maintains that level of service for a busy city. I was a volunteer EMT in MD and very few stations were 100% volunteer and inservice almost all the time. Mt MD EMT expired so I need to figure out if I can bridge to NJ or have to start over.

elainetyger
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elainetyger
7 years 11 months ago

[quote comment=”111404″]
It’s great to hear that Hoboken EMS is looking for volunteers–I recently moved to Hoboken and am really looking forward to volunteering — I’m an EMT with 8 years experience. However, I applied over a month ago and have followed up many times and haven’t heard anything. Do you have any suggestions?[/quote]

New members are voted on at the meeting the first Thursday of each month, so if that passed by since you applied and you included copies of your CPR card and your EMT card with your application, then you are most likely a member.

I am not an officer, just a member, but I’ll be in the building this afternoon before 7pm and tomorrow evening after 7; if you stop by then, we can talk and I can reach out for an officer if one is not there. If you’re trying to reach an officer, I suggest stopping at the building around a 7pm shift change when there are a lot of people available.

Looking forward to meeting you!

proh57
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proh57
7 years 11 months ago

[quote comment=”111392″]Also to comment on delays there two main reasons, and recently I would say the first reason is more prominant. 1) We can be out on another call or clearing from the hospital which will delay our responce (on busy shifts we try to staff 2 or 3 ambulances to ensure this doesnt happen), 2) or we can be out of service (which by the way our out of service times have dropped dramatically). We have recently also updated our mutual aide agreements with a local ambulance company to ensure that the residente of hoboken get an ambulance in a timely fashion when you call 911.

And I stress again, please consider volunteering. We always need new members.[/quote]

“It’s great to hear that Hoboken EMS is looking for volunteers–I recently moved to Hoboken and am really looking forward to volunteering — I’m an EMT with 8 years experience. However, I applied over a month ago and have followed up many times and haven’t heard anything. Do you have any suggestions?”

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