Volunteers can do many things to help out in their local ambulance corps. Many begin as helpers, then progress through training to become a driver, EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic) or ALS (Advanced Life Support) provider. Training provides an opportunity to make friends throughout the community while learning life-saving skills.
Training Requirements for EMS Personnel:
• The EMT-B course is the entry-level Emergency Medical Technician: The original course consists of 180 hours of classroom didactic, skills and clinical observation time.
• The EMT-CC (Critical Care) course is 490 hours.
• The Paramedic Program exceeds 1,200 hours of classwork and training. Both Suffolk County Community College and Stony Brook University’s School of Health and Technology offer the New York Paramedic Program.
• Continuing medical education requirements are 72 hours of classroom and skills training in three years for EMT-B, EMT-CC and Paramedic.