STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford EMS is offering an Emergency Medical Technician course that begins on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The course is a first step in preparing for the life-saving profession, or preparation for anyone who wants to be ready in an emergency.
EMTs are trained to give Basic Life Support treatments, such as performing CPR, bandaging wounds, stabilizing broken bones and resuscitate drowning victims. In most emergencies, this care is enough to manage patients until they arrive at the hospital.
As a profession, EMTs respond to emergency and non-emergency requests for ambulance services, assess the medical needs of the sick or injured and provide immediate care. The course comes at a time when the demand for skilled EMTs is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, a rate much faster than the average for all occupations.
“This is a required course for any person seeking to become a state certified Emergency Medical Technician. It is also valuable training for anyone wanting to learn how to provide immediate medical attention and confidently manage an emergency,” said Patricia Squires, Stamford EMS chief and CEO.
The 170-hour program prepares students to take the state examinations for emergency medical technician certification. The course meets Monday and Wednesday evenings, and three Saturdays at Stamford EMS headquarters, located at 684 Long Ridge Road in Stamford. The program runs through June 4, and the cost is $1,075.
For more information, or to register, visit StamfordEMS.org or contact Jessica Anderson, Stamford EMS Lieutenant and Academy Training Coordinator at (203) 252-2193.
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