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Fall 2019 | EMR & EMT 

EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) is for high schoolers aged 14 & 15 

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) is for anyone 16 and older 


Begins September 25th, 2019 |

EMR Final: Nov. 16th, 2019 | EMT Final: Feb. 2, 2020


  • Mondays and Wednesdays | 6:30pm-9:30pm 
  • Occasional Saturdays | 9am-5pm 



Please email if you're interested in application. 





Class Details:

Start saving lives, become an EMT.

Our highly respected Emergency Medical Technician program provides students with the skills to provide pre-hospital emergency medical care for those who are sick or injured. The program also prepares students for the written and practical (psychomotor) certification exams, which are required to become an EMR or EMT.

The EMR and EMT Program prepares the student for Written and Practical Certification Exams, and upon completion, will make it possible to join the WVEMS family and to save lives in the community. 

  • You must be between the ages of 14 and 16 years of age to start the EMR Program
  • You must be a minimum 16 years of age to start the EMT Program

Instruction Includes:

  • Traumatic Injury Management
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Childbirth/OBGYN
  • Breathing emergencies
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Pediatric emergencies 

Course Format:

These courses includes classroom lectures, skill lab sessions, online modules, and field training with ambulance crews.

Westport Volunteer EMS conducts these EMR & EMT classes in a variety of schedules to accommodate individual student needs. You can find classes held in the evenings or daytime in several hour blocks of time.


Upon successful completion of a course the student will be eligible to sit for the State of Connecticut EMR Exam or the National Registry of EMTs Exam.

Successful completion of this exam will grant you an Emergency Medical Technician certificate. 



What is an EMR, EMT and EMT-Paramedic?

The most common certification in Emergency Medical Services are the, emergency medical responder (EMR) and the emergency medical technician (EMT). There are three levels of certification that are common to almost every state; EMR, EMT-Basic, and EMT-Paramedic. Within the industry, it is very common to refer to a basic EMT as simply EMT, and to refer to EMT-Paramedics as paramedics.

So, What’s the Difference?

The biggest differences between paramedics, EMR’s and EMTs are the training and the scope of practice (what they are allowed to do).

  • EMR’s usually receive 80 – 100 hours of training
  • Basic EMTs usually receive 120 – 180 hours of training
  • Paramedics get anywhere from 1,200 hours to 1,800 hours of training. Paramedic programs often award two-year degrees.

The scope of practice differences between EMR’s, EMTs and Paramedics can be summed up by the ability to break the skin. Most states do not allow basic emergency medical technicians to give shots or start intravenous lifelines. Paramedics, on the other hand, can give shots as well as use more advanced airway management devices to support breathing. Basic EMTs are usually restricted to using oxygen, glucose, asthma inhalers, and epinephrine auto-injectors (a common exception to the no-needles rule). Paramedics are trained in the use of 30-40 medications, depending on the state.

Who will pay for the cost of my EMR or EMT Training if I am a volunteer?

If you are a member of another emergency medical service, they may supplement, pay, or reimburse your tuition. 

 Westport Volunteer EMS is proud to reimburse full tuition for volunteers who meet yearly volunteer hour requirements.

Recommended for:

EMT | Anyone looking to obtain an Emergency Medical Technician certificate in the State of Connecticut. 

EMR | Any high school student aged 14 & 15 looking to volunteer alongside our EMS crews. 


Price | EMT: $1250.00 | 

Dates| EMT: September 25, 2019 - February 2nd, 2020 

EMR: September 25, 2019 - November 16, 2019




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