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EMT-Resources, Volume 2, Issue #01 - EMT Training
May 15, 2016

May 15, 2016 - Welcome Back

I started this newsletter many years ago and then I dropped the ball. This was unfortunate since that ball was rolling along quite nicely.

I am still heavily involved in EMT Training. I am currently associated with the Bergen County Emergency Services Training Center in Paramus, New Jersey (Chais U). I was also promoted to Adjunct Professor at Union County College for their EMT Training Program. Both have kept me really busy.

Along with all that work I was also the Chief of the Bogota Fire Department from 2012 to 2014. Again, too busy.

The New EMT Training Program, an Update

By now most of the United States has adopted some form of the EMT Education Guidelines. When I was last posting the EMT Training Program had not yet been fully developed. I can now say that both of the program of which I am affiliated are now fully up and running.

Let me describe what both programs look like (a disclaimer, both program are very good and I am not recommending one over the other):

Bergen County, Paramus:
This program started out as a fully instructor led program at approximately 198 hours (not including clinical time). By 2012 the program expanded to 230 hours and then in 2013 to 250 hours in length.

That is a lot of time. Not included in the classroom hours are were the on-line computer work and of course the reading assignments.

In the summers, a scaled down program was introduced which reduced the class time from 250 hours down to about 200 hours and put all the lecture material to on-line material. This was called the "Hybrid" course. It was very successful.

A fact of summer programs is that they are intensive and tend to attract students who are either college or high school. In other words, profession students. This fact scared the administration from running hybrid program for the fall and spring semesters.

By the spring of 2015 however, the program is now fully a hybrid course. It is 200 hours of in-class time and all lecture material is on-line. In the spring of 2016 we added a discussion period in each class to go over the on-line material.

Results are mixed. We are still experimenting.

Union County, Plainfield:
This program has always been a hybrid program since the start of the adoption of the new educational guidelines. The current length is 138 hours not including clinical time. In addition three on-line courses are to be taken simultaneously with the EMT program. These courses are:

  • HAZMAT Awareness
  • IMS - 100
  • NIMS - 700
  • There are also on-line quizzes and homework to be completed. This program has been very successful with an average 90% pass rate on the first attempt of the NJ State EMT Exam.

    Upcoming Articles

    On a personal note, I have parted ways with my previous volunteer ambulance corps - The Bogota Volunteer First Aid Squad. I am a life member but have had some differences of opinion about how the squad should be managed.

    In July 2015 I joined the Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps. They have a much larger call volume than I am used too which is good. We have also a lot of new toys which I will discuss in the coming months.

    New Jersey is adopting new spinal immobilization protocols. I will discuss the objectives next month. what does that mean for backboards and the infamous KED?

    All the Best

    Jim Berthold
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