Levels of Training

Harvey Ambulance Service teaches CPR and First Aid using guidelines from the American Heart Association. Classes offered include:

  • Heart Saver and AED
  • First Aid
  • Health Care Provider BLS
  • ACLS

If interested in a class, contact our CPR / Training Coordinator.

First Responder

Persons certified as first responders typically render care to the sick or injured while an ambulance is enroute. First responders usually are members of an organization (i.e. Quick Response Unit, Fire Department or Law Enforcement Agency) that are dispatched simultaneously with an ambulance service.

  • Training Time: 40 Hours.
  • Curriculum: US DOT Emergency Medical Services: First Responder Training course.
  • Testing: Practical examination consisting of at least one medical, one trauma and one cardiopulmonary resuscitation station. Written examination (70% score or higher).
  • Certification Period: Two years adjusted to a June 30th expiration date.
  • Recertification: Complete a sixteen-hour ND First Responder Refresher Course or a 24 hour EMT Basic Refresher Course.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic [EMT-B]

The Emergency Medical Technician-Basic licensure is considered the minimum training level for Basic Life Support ambulance attendants. Many other occupations utilize the training to augment their services. Some examples include athletic trainers, security personnel, law enforcement officers and firefighters. North Dakota utilizes the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification standards and then will issue a state license.

  • Training Time: One hundred and ten hours.
  • Curriculum: US DOT Emergency Medical Technician - 1995.
  • Testing: National Registry Practical and Written Exams.
  • National Registry certification dates adjusted to March 31, Initial State Licensure: Two years adjusted to June 30.
  • Recertification Requirements: Forty-eight hours of continuing education, 24 hour EMT-Basic refresher course which includes CPR recertification.

Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate [EMT-I]

The Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate certification level is typically utilized by ambulance services providing limited levels of advanced life support care. The course expands upon the EMT-B through inclusion of advanced patient assessment, airway management and intravenous therapy skills.

  • Training Time: One hundred hours (in addition to the EMT-B training).
  • Curriculum: US DOT Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate National Standard Curriculum.
  • Testing: National Registry Practical and Written Exams.
  • National Registry certification dates adjusted to March 31, Initial State Licensure: Two years adjusted to June 30.
  • Recertification Requirements: Thirty-six hours of continuing education, 24 hour EMT-Basic refresher course which includes CPR recertification and 12 hour EMT-Intermediate refresher course.

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic [EMT-P]

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certification level is typically utilized by ambulance services providing full levels of advanced life support care. The course includes invasive procedures such as endotracheal airway management, defibrillation, pharmacology and other advanced skills.

  • Training Time: One thousand hours (in addition to the EMT-B training).
  • Curriculum: US DOT Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic National Standard Curriculum.
  • Testing: National Registry Practical and Written Exams.
  • National Registry certification dates adjusted to March 31, Initial State Licensure: Two years adjusted to June 30.
  • Recertification Requirements: Twenty-four hours of continuing education, 48 hour EMT-Paramedic refresher course, and current CPR and ACLS certification.

source: http://ndhealth.gov/EMS/personnel.html#first_responder