Emergency Responder (EMR)
This is the first level of training that Pennsylvania offers for people who want to be able to help in a medical emergency. This course is designed for those people who may arrive at an emergency scene prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Examples would be industrial response teams, law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, park rangers, ski patrol or any other rescue organizations.
The course provides knowledge and skills necessary for activating the EMS system and providing immediate care for life threatening illness and injury, controlling the scene and managing the patient until the arrival of an ambulance.
The course includes training in: the roles and responsibilities of the first responder; assessing the patient for injury or illness; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); control of bleeding and prevention of shock; and airway control and maintenance.
The course includes a Pennsylvania practical skills evaluation and a written examination. Passing both will provide the student with a Pennsylvania State certification as an EMR. Students must complete Incident Command System classes 100 & 700 and Hazardous Materials Awareness to be eligible to take the certification examination
Although an EMR is not able to be the primary care giver on an ambulance, their help as a third caregiver is always greatly appreciated by the ambulance crew.
Regional EMS Educational Institutes
These organizations provide the initial education for EMS certification. Many classes will run a normal college semester or approximately 5 months. The sessions are usually 4 hours in duration, two nights a week (Monday – Wednesday or Tuesday- Thursday) and sometimes Saturday sessions will be included in the schedule.
You can contact any of the Institutes below for more information.
Butler County Community College
College Drive, Oak Hills
P.O. Box 1203
Butler, PA 16003-1203
888-826-2829 Ext. 8401
Community College of Allegheny County
Public Safety Institute
IUP Emergency Services Training Center
2712 West Pike Rd.
Indiana PA 15701
Rural Regional College of Northwestern PA
Aldo Jackson, Executive Director
300 Second Street
Warren PA 16365
Clarion Hospital EMS
One Hospital Dr.
Clarion, PA 16214
Jim Kifer, Education Coordinator
1926 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16502
Superior Ambulance Service Training Institute
P.O. Box 247
921 East Main Street Ext
Grove City PA 16127
Penn State Fayette Eberly Campus
P.O. Box 247
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456