EMS Training of the Berkshires

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First Responder

First Responder is a comprehensive course designed for “First Responders” those individuals most likely to be the first rescuers on the scene of an emergency.

The program reflects the latest advances in first aid and CPR.
First Responder provides rescuers with the information and skills they need to respond to medical emergencies with confidence and care.

First Responders need more than advanced First Aid Training. They must also become “critical thinkers” ready to put their skills into action at a moment’s notice.

First Responder course participants will learn about the following: Assessing and securing an emergency scene, making critical decisions; Oxygen administration, airway insertion, breathing devices; Baseline vitals, such as blood pressure and pulse rate; All levels of basic cardiac life support (CPR); Enhanced secondary survey; Musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, burns, heat and cold emergencies; Spinal boards, splints, cervical collars, and other specialized equipment; Moving and transportation skills; Emergency childbirth; and Assisting when paramedics arrive


The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) program offered at EMS Training of the Berkshires has been uniquely designed to provide students with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for successful completion of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts state certification exams. This EMT basic training program is approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services and we are an approved training institution with OEMS.

Our program is taught using the current U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Technician Basic curriculum. The lead instructor and program coordinator is an approved EMT Instructor/Coordinator with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services. The teaching staff is a handpicked group of professionals with a wide range of patient care and teaching experience.

Our primary goal is to prepare students to provide safe, quality entry level EMT practice for those wishing to pursue a career in the public safety field. Emergency Medical Technicians are utilized by many agencies; they include police and fire departments, ambulance / rescue squads, and private ambulance services. This Emergency Medical Technician course is an in-depth course in basic life support, which, upon completion, the student will be proficient in, but not limited to the following:

  • Discuss policies, rules and regulations related to emergency medical services.
  • Identify medical and legal issues involved in emergency medical services.
  • Identify terminology used in the medical field.
  • Discuss safety measures to maintain the well being of the EMT.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills with emergency medicine team.
  • Assess vital signs and patient history.
  • Demonstrate initial, focused, and ongoing assessment of patients.
  • Relate knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology to EMT-Basic practice.
  • Recognize common methods of injury (MOI).
  • Demonstrate EMT-Basic skills in managing head, facial, spinal, chest, abdominal and extremity trauma.
  • Discuss management of environmental emergencies.
  • Demonstrate effective skills in triage and incident command.
  • Demonstrate EMT-Basic skills in pediatric, geriatric and gynecologic emergencies.
  • Utilize critical thinking in managing patient scenarios.
    No prior medical experience or training is required of the course applicant. 100% attendance is required to successfully complete the program and the applicant, in order to be eligible for the state EMT certification examination must:
  • Be able to read, understand and communicate in English;
  • Be 18 years of age;
  • Be free from addiction to alcohol or any drug;
  • Be able to lift and carry 125 pounds; and
  • Be free from any physical or mental defect or disease, which might impair his/her ability to provide emergency care within the scope of the EMTs training and responsibilities, or which might jeopardize the health of another member of the class.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the state certification exam. The practical exam and application fee is $150 and is paid to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The written exam is $40 and is taken at a state approved private testing company and the instructor will assist students with information on the registration process. Tuition includes textbooks and Practical exam site fee.

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