Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are in high demand across the region including Polk County. To try and fill these emergency care provider positions, the county is offering a signing bonus to new employees and there’s also an upcoming training course to prep potential EMTs.
An EMT training course will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 8, at the Isothermal Community College – Polk Center, in room 118. The morning will begin with registration and entrance testing and the classes will start immediately after.
Classes, which cost $180, will meet at varying times each week to accommodate schedules. There is a textbook and workbook required with the course.
Polk County, which currently has five paramedic job openings posted online, is offering a $1,000 signing bonus if a person is hired for full-time regular or part-time regular position from Sept. 7, 2021 to June 30,2022.
EMTs provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. Emergency Medical Technicians are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system.
The course will demonstrate a wide range of skills, including patient assessment/management of a trauma patient, patient assessment/management of a medical patient, cardiac arrest management/AED, bag-valve-mask ventilation of an apneic patient, spinal immobilization (both seated and supine patient), long bone fracture immobilization, joint dislocation immobilization, traction splinting, bleeding control/shock management, upper airway adjuncts and suction, and supplemental oxygen administration to a breathing patient.
For more information, and to pre-register, call Isothermal Community College at (828)395-1532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be pre-registered for the Emergency Medical Technician Winter 2021 course (Polk Center).