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Interested in learning to help people?
We are currently teaching our EMT-Basic class for the fall.
We will be conducting another class in the Spring of 2018.  This page along with our Facebook page will be updated as more information is available.

What is an EMT?
An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is an entry-level prehospital technician trained to recognize and manage a wide spectrum of ill and injured patients. The skill set and assessment techniques for the EMT are performed at the basic level. Passing this course allows the EMT candidate to take the WV State EMT-Basic and the NREMT (National Registry of EMT) exam.
Course Requirements
  • Applicants need to have the physical ability to lift 150lbs for the lifting and moving of patients.
  • Applicants need to submit a photo identification with information form.
  • Applicants prior to clinical rotations must submit an immunization record indicating:
    • Negative TB
    • Tetanus
    • MMR
    • Completed Hepatitis B series or start the series at least one month before ambulance clinicals. (Additional student cost)
  • Prior to ambulance clinicals applicants must have completed and passed a criminal background check as directed by WVOEMS. (Additional student cost)
  • Prior to ambulance clinicals, applicants must pass a drug screening exam to be taken at an agency designated by BWVRS. (Included in class cost)
Program Objectives
With the successful completion of this Emergency Medical Technician – Basic course, the participant will be able to:
  • Take the West Virginia EMT Certification Exam and if desired take the National Registry Exam.
  • To use problem solving to assess the health/treatment needs of the community
  • To use effective communication skills in a professional manor with patients, families, co-workers, other allied health professionals.
  • To use leadership skills to promote effective care of patients
  • To consider legal and ethical issues that may affect clinical decision making.
  • To implement techniques and strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality of patients.
  • To uphold a professional standard of care.
Program Costs:
(No refunds will be given)
Tuition: $500.00 – Payment options are available
  • Includes:
    • Textbook
    • CPR Certification
    • UA Drug Screen
    • Clinical Shirt
Additional: (Student Responsibility)
  • WVOEMS Registration Fee $50 (Includes background check cost)
  • National Registry $70 (Not required but you are encouraged to take)
  • Immunizations/Titers
  • Additional clinical clothing/boots
College credit will be available from New River Community and Technical College
(details during class)
Class sponsored by:
                                  Bluefield WV Rescue Squad
                                   1900 Stadium Drive
                                   Bluefield, WV  24701

For more information please call us at 304-327-7173 or email us at
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