Like an early holiday gift, the EMT coursebook hit my doorstep with a thud.
At 1500+ pages, it certainly appears a bit daunting, and I'll admit to feeling some what-have-I-gotten-myself-into anxiety when I first flipped through it.
The good news is that many of the newer EMTs on the squad tell me that the online quizzes and training material make it much easier to learn the core materials that form the tests and practical exams.
Orientation class is scheduled in just a few weeks. I've been told that one of the keys to success is to keep up with the pre-reading, so I'll be cozying up with this book for the next couple of nights getting started.
I just realized that my first time as driver for the squad was a year ago, in early December 2014. It's been a very interesting a year as a volunteer, and I thought I'd share a bit more about the experience.
As I mentioned in my introductory post, I had several motivations for joining the squad. Admittedly, I also had a lot of trepidation -- lives are in the balance here at times, and I had zero healthcare background save a CPR course when I was a lifeguard back in my high school and college days.
In talking to members at the 2014 Labor Day Carnival, I was surprised to learn that the squad accepted non-EMT members, and that I could make a sizable contribution to the community simply by being able to respond and drive the ambulance. While it required some investment in time and energy, getting myself re-certified with the American Heart Association's CPR for Healthcare Providers program, and taking the Coaching for Emergency Vehicle Operators [CEVO] course, both were completed in short order.
And I learned the most important lesson of all.... personal safety comes first.
Jon Alperin, one of our MFAS volunteers, shares his journey to becoming an NJ certified EMT.
from the Start
Here is Jon's journey, presented in time order: