Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service will conduct an emergency medical technician-basic class beginning Jan. 16. Classes will be held in the classroom located at the SRPAS main office at the intersection of Iroquois and Allegheny in Cherokee Village.
Anyone who would like to sign up for this class can contact the registrar at Ozarka College in either Melbourne at 368-7371 or Ash Flat at 994-7273. Total cost for tuition and books is approximately $750. A prospective EMT-basic candidate must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and must pass a state-required background check before being issued an EMT certification.
EMT-basic students will attend 192 hours of classroom training in subjects such as EMS system operations, the human body, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma, communications and documentation. Classroom training includes both book work and practical skills training. A minimum of 48 hours of field training (24 in a hospital emergency room and 24 riding along on an ambulance) is required, in order to obtain at least 16 patient contacts. Students will also attend training classes in automobile extrication and emergency vehicle driving.
After successful completion of this class students will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians written and practical exams. An Arkansas EMT-basic certification will be issued to those who pass these exams, as well as a national certification which can be used to obtain credentials in many other states.
The last day to register for the class is Jan. 5. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted. For more information, call the SRPAS office at 870-257-2044.