EMS Programs & Responses

When the program was instituted, it was broken into 2 parts.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
The Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (B) program deals with the provision of Basic Life Support (BLS) services for the sick and injured. These services include:
  • Bandaging
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Emergency childbirth
  • History and assessment of the patient
  • Splinting
In order to attain this level of certification the student must attend a minimum of 90 hours of classroom training. In addition to the classroom sessions, the student must work in the emergency room at a local hospital in order to gain experience in working with patients.

The 2nd level of certification within the EMS program is commonly referred to as that of paramedic. The paramedic program includes more intensive training than the EMT experiences. The paramedic student participates in a minimum of 400 classroom hours of training. This training includes a refresher of the EMT skills, the identification and treatment of cardiac problems, and drug therapy necessary to stabilize the cardiac or medical problem of the patient. In addition to their classroom training, the paramedics must also put in time at the hospital. At the conclusion of their training, the paramedics are capable of providing Advanced Life Support (ALS).

Type of Response
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
EMS-BLS Response Calls

423 399 290
EMS-ALS Response Calls

359 363 378
Total EMS Responses

782 762 668