UPCOMING CLASS SCHEDULE:
Westport Volunteer EMS has held classes at our facility for the past 40 years. Unfortunately, due to COVID19, we have been forced to cancel our critically aclaimed classes. Our facility is a building that belongs to the Town of Westport which is currently mandating that its buildings be closed to outside visitors. Sadly, this impacts all of our classes including EMT, CPR and Stop The Bleed. We hope to resume our classes as soon as we can.
In the meantime, if you want to become an EMT and join our ranks, there are classes that other services will be offering which we have listed below. To encourage new members, WVEMS can reimburse for the cost of the class up to $1,250. New members can request reimbursement pursuant to the rules adopted by the Board of Directors below.
We are very proud of our classes and our members. Over time we have had at least 14 members go on to medical school and others have become nurses, physician assistants and paramedics. We hope we can resume holding all of our classes in the near future.
- American Medical Response (AMR) gives a number of classes throughout the year. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Easton EMS. email@example.com
- Greenwich EMS. firstname.lastname@example.org
- EMS Institute of Fairfield County (Norwalk). email@example.com
- Shelton EMS (Echo Hose). firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Canaan EMS https://newcanaanems.org/join-our-team/emt-training
- Norwalk Community College
- Trumbull EMS email@example.com
WVEMS TRAINING REIMBURSEMENT POLICY
EMR classes are not reimbursable by WVEMS. The EMT-B Course Tuition Reimbursement Program requires that interested members make a request in writing to the attention of the President or any other member of the Board of Directors after successful completion of their WEMS internship. Such requests will receive consideration only if the member submits evidence of tuition payment along with his or her number of volunteer hours. The member may only apply for reimbursement of an EMT-B program within two years of the course completion. The member should further certify that no other means of reimbursement is available (e.g. through another EMS corps or through tuition scholarship).
Reimbursement authorizations are issued for half the tuition after the member has volunteered a minimum of 75 hours over a six months period of continuous volunteer service. The second half is reimbursed after an additional 75 hours during the second six months of continuous volunteer service, up to a maximum of the current WVEMS tuition. During this time, the member must be cleared off intern status and maintain active service.
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.
Information below is for when we resume classes.
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
- Traumatic Injury Management
- Medical Emergencies
- Breathing emergencies
- Cardiac emergencies
- Pediatric emergencies
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.
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: TBD