Reader Mail: EMT!
Want to join the EMT? Here’s a reader mail along those lines…
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? “
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!!)