Emergency Medical Services

WHAT IS EMS?



An emergency medical service (or EMS) is a service providing out-of-hospital acute care and transport to definitive care, to patients with illnesses and injuries which the patient believes constitute a medical emergency.

WHAT IS BLS AND ALS?



Basic Life Support (or BLS) is a specific level of prehospital medical care provided by trained responders. Basic Life Support consists of a number of life-saving techniques focused on the "ABC"s (Airway, Breathing, & Circulation) of pre-hospital emergency care. An ALS (Advance Life Support) provider may perform advanced procedures and skills on a patient involving invasive and non-invasive procedures. 

HOW DO I BECOME AN EMT ?



Almost all community colleges and some state colleges and hospitals offer training for Emergency Medical Technicians. This is usually a 3-6 month course that can be completed as part of other curriculum at a college. Once the course has been completed, you must pass a computer-based test to become nationally registered. This test is known as the National Registry Exam. To obtain a license to work in your area, you must file an application to your state agency, along with your national registry card and a certificate of course completion, which will be valid for two years. You must be 18+ years old, a US citizen, and agree to have a background check on past criminal activities.