Course Resources

Important Course Information

Students must bring payment for textbooks (or department voucher), course tuition or proof of agency membership, and a valid CPR card (BLS or Professional Rescuer) to first night of class. Refresher students should also bring a copy of their EMT card. Proof of agency membership (DOH-3312) forms can be found here. Please note: any person who has previously held the same NYS certification or higher level than the course they enroll in must enroll in a refresher course. Students with previous NYS certification who enroll in original courses might be ineligible to sit for the NYS exam. Contact the Course Instructor or Administrator if you are unsure of your eligibility. The Saratoga County EMS Council Course Administrator is Mike McEvoy (office # 518-383-8608).

Resources for EMT and CFR Students

NIMS Training

Every EMT and CFR student must complete two National Incident Management System (NIMS) training courses:

Also, every EMT and CFR Student must complete an Introduction to Hazmat or equivalent:

  • IS-5a Introduction to Hazardous Materials
  • Equivalent means a course that meets the requirements of OSHA 1910.120(q)(6)(i). Students who have completed Firefighter I or Firefighter II can submit a copy of their OFPC training certificate as an equivalent to IS-5a.

To complete the on-line version of these courses, click on the course above. This will direct you to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website where you can enroll and complete a self-paced on-line version of the course. To verify completion, you must print a completion certificate and provide a copy of the certificate to your EMT or CFR Course Instructor.

Additional Resources for Paramedics

We know you’re confused, your CIC is probably confused, and we feel your pain. Even though we don’t teach paramedic or CC refreshers, we know what DOH wants. In addition to the NIMS Training listed above, Paramedics need one more course. And here it is:

So do the three NIMS courses above, add the IS-200.b course and you will have everything you need to satisfy the DOH requirements for NIMS initial or recertification training at the Paramedic level. Yippee!


NYS BLS Protocols and Student Reference Guide

Alas, New York State is no longer printing copies of the BLS Protocol manual and nearly all copies in circulation are out of date. In fact, the copy posted on the DOH web site at is also out of date (you need to insert the many additions posted on that page to get an up-to-date copy. Well, we’ve done it for you! Click below for an up to date copy of the most current New York State BLS Protocol Manual.

NOTE: If you previously downloaded the Sept 2015 version, the only change in January 2016 was revision of the Bleeding/Hemorrhage Control protocol page – click here for the new page (swapped into the protocol manual above).

And, the Student Reference Guide, required to be distributed at the start of every EMS Course, is also circulating in horrendously out of date printed copy. To add insult to injury, the DOH web site requires you to download well over 50 separate PDF documents in order to get your own complete copy of the Guide (see: We’ve done that for you as well, sort of. Click below for the most current copy of the New York State DOH Student Reference Guide and BEWARE: much of this information is horrendously out of date. Consult the DOH web site or your Instructor for accurate information and sources of updated material!


Some videos helpful for review of practical skills stations:

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