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Upcoming EMT/First Responder classes set at TCH

Tri-County Hospital EMS Department will be offering upcoming Emergency Medical Technician and First Responder classes at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. Classes will be held on the following dates:

• EMT-Basic - Sept. 15 to Dec. 31, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-10 p.m.

• First Responder - Oct. 5 to Nov. 4, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m.

The EMT-Basic course is the entry level course to the Emergency Medical Service and the backbone of EMS in Minnesota. It includes all skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a Basic Life Support level with an ambulance service or other specialized service. EMT-Basics undergo 140 hours of instruction including classroom, practical and emergency room education. The training includes anatomy and physiology, documentation, lifting and moving, communications, airway management, patient assessment and cardiac arrest management. Under successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry test and certify as an EMT-Basic in the State of Minnesota. The EMT-B must complete 24 (State) - 48 (National) hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their certification.

First Responders are taught the basics of emergency care and are able to treat life threatening problems prior to the arrival of the ambulance. Their skills include operating a cardiac defibrillator, inserting simple airways and using an epinephrine auto injector. Bleeding control, CPR, cervical spinal immobilization, taking vital signs, and oxygen administration are also part of this course. A first Responder is only able to treat patients at the scene or may assist with a licensed member of an ambulance crew. After completion of the 40 plus hour course, the First Responder will be certified to practice as a First Responder in the State of Minnesota. The First Responder must complete a 16 hour refresher course every two years to retain their certification.

There is a cost for both classes. Class size is limited so early registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, contact Maggie Solonski, NREMT-P, at (218) 632-8738.