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First Responder/EMT Classes Overview

First Responder
The First Responder class teaches basic first aid, such as bandaging, splinting, rescue breathing (CPR), basic trauma assessment, use of the automated external defibrillator (AED) and administration of oxygen. Upon successful completion of this class, participants will receive a First Responder license. SCEMS will usually organize a First Responder class in the fall semester (contingent on interest), and it is taught by Wes Stevenson from R&W Training Associates.


Emergency Medical Technician
The EMT class encompasses about 130 hours (it depends on the course) of classroom and practical training in skills such as soft-tissue wound care, trauma and medical assessment, defibrillation, administration of basic medicines, and patient transport. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to test for their Massachusetts EMT-B license. CPR certification is usually required to register for this course. EMT-Bs are able to be hired at certain companies, such as Am-B-Care. Amherst College offers an EMT class every J-Term taught by Wes Stevenson from R&W Training Associates.

Summer EMT Classes

UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst offers a summer EMT class.

Human Services Training Consultants, Inc.
In addition to offering other types of classes (see below), HSTC offers a summer EMT course.

Berkshire Health Systems Education
BHSE has offered summer EMT-B classes in the past in Pittsfield, MA. For more information on current course offerings, call BHS Education Services at 413.447.2132.

Springfield College
Finally, Springfield College sometimes offers summer EMT classes. Contact Springfield College EMS Management at 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109-3797.

Community Classes

American Red Cross of Hampshire County
Red Cross offers various classes on several levels of CPR, first aid, injury control, disease prevention, as well as aquatics programs.

Cooley-Dickinson Hospital
Cooley-Dickinson offers community education classes including all levels of CPR for adults, children, infants and various first aid courses. Click here for their "Events and Education" page.

Human Services Training Consultants, Inc.
HSTC offers many different types of classes, including first aid, EMT, CPR, childbirth, spinal injuries, behavioral emergencies, and more.

R&W Training Associates
R&W offers classes in CPR, first aid, pet first aid, First Responder, EMT-Basic, mass casualty preparedness, and more. Contact Wes Stevenson at 413.323.6674 for more information.

These aren't the only opportunities to take classes! Look around... your local Office of Emergency Medical Services, local ambulance service, fire department, hospital or American Red Cross chapter will likely have some information on classes you can take.

Continuing Education

Unfortunately, SCEMS does not offer any continuing education classes on campus. However, if you are interested in taking a con-ed class, there are plenty of local opportunities.

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