Sac County Ambulance Service Director, Bill Fish has announced that an EMT - Basic Class is scheduled to begin November 6, in Schaller. There will be an organizational meeting/picnic, for those interested in attending the class, on October 4. The meeting/picnic will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the J.C. Shelter house in Schaller.
Requirements for admission to the EMT - B Class area: Must be 17 years old at the time of enrollment; must be able to read English; must be certified in CPR at the Health Care Provider level; and must be able to perform the physical duties of an EMT - Basic.
Each student will be required to have a physical; have immunization records up to date; have records to verify that they have either had the Hepatitis 3 shot series, are in the process of receiving the Hepatitis 3 shot series, or that they have signed off that they have refused to receive the 3 shot series.
To meet the CPR requirements, a Health Care Provider Level CPR class will be held at the Schaller Community Building on October 21. This class will begin at 10:00 a.m.
The EMT - Basic Class is comprised of 144 hours of classroom time, and 24 hours of clinical time. The clinical time can be performed at area hospitals. Iowa Central Community College, the Facilitator for the EMT - Basic Class, has made arrangements with the hospitals in Sac City, Storm Lake, Carroll, Fort Dodge and Jefferson, to provide this portion of the training. There is no required ride time with an ambulance service, although you will be encouraged to do some "ride alongs."
Upon successful completion of the EMT - Basic Class, each student will be certified to provide emergency care to the sick and injured. This includes: Advanced Airway Management, use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), care for bleeding and shock, splinting, and ambulance operations.
The approximate cost for the EMT Class is $600. Tuition Reimbursement is available through a Training Grant from the State of Iowa Emergency Medical Services Bureau.