WALLINGFORD — The fire department is hosting an emergency medical responder class next month aimed at recruiting new volunteers.
Tim Wall, chief of North Farms Volunteer Fire Department Station 7, said Tuesday the program, which generally is offered every other year, is designed to attract new members to North Farms and the East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department Station 8.
Wall said the program is intended for those who are “interested to get involved with volunteering and getting into the EMS field, potentially becoming a firefighter, male or female.”
It also could be a step toward becoming an EMT, paramedic, nurse or doctor.
“Being involved as an EMS responder in Wallingford at either of the two locations, they get a taste of what it is to be an active member within the volunteer system,” he said.
The program is being offered through a partnership with the New Britain EMS Academy, but will be held in Wallingford.
Students who complete the course and pass the tests will be certified as an emergency medical responder.
According to the New Britain EMS Academy program description, the course is based on the National EMS Agenda for the Future and prepares students to initiate immediate lifesaving care, performing basic interventions with minimal equipment while awaiting additional EMS response, and assist higher level personnel at the scene and during transport.
The course cost is $650, which includes the textbook, companion websites, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope, written exam voucher and practical exam attempt.
Upon completion and certification, those who join the Wallingford volunteer EMS system will be reimbursed for the course cost, Wall said.
Patrick Ciardullo, director of the New Britain EMS Academy, said they need to fill 20 spots for the program to run.
About of 80 percent of Wallingford’s fire department calls are for emergency medical services.
“EMR is the most basic certification for professional medical standards” Wallingford Deputy Fire Chief Samuel Wilson, head of EMS and training, said Tuesday, “and that’s the one that gets you in the door the quickest.
“What we’re trying to do it give sustainability to the volunteers,” he added. “A lot of focus in the past had always been fire certification … If we can get EMRs in the door and offer a class in Wallingford, all they have to do is show up. Maybe this would encourage somebody to come in and volunteer and be able to help their community.”
The program is scheduled to run Jan. 5 to 28, from 5:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at Wallingford Fire Department headquarters, 75 Masonic Ave.
Registration is available online at nbems.enrollware.com/enroll?id=4100881.
For more information, call fire department headquarters at 203-294-2730. The New Britain EMS Academy can be reached at 860-351-0180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.