WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital will partner with Quality EMS Educators Inc. to offer a basic emergency medical technical program at the hospital this fall. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 11 and will include 180 hours of class time and 10 hours of emergency-room observation time. The training time has been increased from 150 to 180 hours to meet the new National Registry Curriculum.
After successfully completing the EMT basic program, students will be eligible for the National and State Certification and Licensing Examination. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to take the exam. This is the seventh EMT basic course sponsored by the hospital.
“Providing this training has been a critical asset to many of our communities,” said Dr. Roger Lafleur, Emergency Department physician at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians during the most incredibly stressful situations. The physicians in our Emergency Department also depend on the excellent work and commitment EMTs provide both day and night in the many communities we serve. We are pleased to offer this training locally and proud of the positive impact the EMT basic training program has had on the many communities we serve.”
The cost for the basic EMT program is $900, which includes both tuition and books. The terms of payment are $450 due to Quality EMS Educators on the first day of class on Sept. 11, with the balance due Oct. 30. Checks, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted. Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Emergency Department physicians also conduct monthly continuing education for EMTs, intermediates, and paramedics at no cost. For more information about EMT training or to register for classes, contact Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs and Community Relations specialist for Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, at (413) 967-2296.