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Interested in learning to help people?
We are now in the preliminary stages of planning our next EMT-Basic class.  We are looking at a start date of March 6, 2018.


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.
  • 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

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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