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
To take NIMS training from FEMA, you will need to have FEMA Student ID (SID). You can obtain one by clicking here.
Every EMT and CFR student must complete two National Incident Management System (NIMS) training courses:
- IS-100.c (formerly ICS 100) Introduction to the Incident Command System
- IS-700b National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction
Also, every EMT and CFR Student must complete an Introduction to Hazmat or equivalent:
- AWR 160 WMD Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders
- 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 AWR 160.
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.c 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, which makes sense since pretty much everyone has a smartphone and can get them as an app. If you want a copy of the actual Protocol Manual, you can grab a PDF of it from the NYS DOH web site at https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/ems/protocol.htm. If you want an iOS or droid app, click on the link to the Muru protocol app.