Hoboken High School EMT Program


Didn’t know the Hoboken High School had an Emergency Medical Technician program? Read all about it below!


HHS Emergency Medical Technician Program

hoboken-high-school-emt-3.jpgThe Hoboken High School Emergency Response Team was formed as a result of September 11, 2001, when adults and children watched as 57 of the town’s residents were killed. Prompted by the students’ request to help, the school district applied for and received funding from the Learn and Serve America Grant.

Today the team has certified emergency medical technicians and two ambulances. The first was donated by the Blairstown Ambulance Corps through the efforts of Joe Miele, former member of their squad, and founder of the Hoboken High School Emergency Response Team. The Hoboken School District recently purchased a second ambulance for our thriving program.

(Pictured: On May 24, 2006 at 11:41 am the Hoboken High School Emergency Response Team ambulance responded to its first call for the city of Hoboken.)


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Mission Statement, and more

The Hoboken High School Emergency Response Team’s goal is to promote training, certification, recruitment and retention of emergency medical technicians based upon sound educational principles, current medical knowledge and practice, nationwide standards, guidelines and recommendations.

Hoboken High School is the only high school in the State of New Jersey that sponsors its own Emergency Response Team. It is part of the New Jersey First Aid Council. Hoboken High School works closely with Hoboken University Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, the Hoboken Police Department and the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance to better serve our community.


EMT Team Requirements:

  • Freshman year: Become certified as an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider. Study basic life support (CPR). Observe first aid procedures.
  • Sophomore year: Take the First Responder/Health course Freshmen/Sophomores will observe and participate in first aid and disaster drills
  • Junior/Senior year: Take EMT course (must be 16)

Junior/Seniors will stand by at high school football games and answer emergency calls in the community, and all members volunteer for many local events.


EMT Eligibility Requirements:

Student must be 16 years old prior to beginning the course and must complete a CPR course* prior to beginning the course.

*Recognized CPR courses: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer, or equivalent CPR program conducted by the National Safety Council.

EMT training includes:

  • Observation of an autopsy
  • Standing by at various events to provide First Aid
  • Involvement in community emergency medical services
  • Clinical experience including 10 hours at a level II trauma center (JCMC ED)

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This is a GREAT program. Having talked with a couple of participants at Senior day at the High School the past couple of years, I was blown away by how impressive these kids were. All were extremely intelligent, proud and motivated. All were determined to continue their education and go on to work in the medical field.

The training that they go through is intense! It sounded like the program starts out with 40 or so participants and by the time they get to certification only half remain. Those that stay with it form a great bond. The stories that some of them told me were really inspirational.

Great job with the program and AWESOME job by the students who participate!


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Biffy B For Mayor

From what I understand, this high school has a lower than average % of graduates who go on to college. This seems like a wonderful program that offers real career opportunites as opposed to many school course and programs that often go unused after graduation.

This should be a trend in our high schools. College has become sort of an extension of high school over the past 50 years and I think many people are wasting money when in fact the high schools could be doing a better job teaching real life skills.