EMR Program

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad is proud to offer EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) training at our squad building starting May 15th 2018. Training takes just 40 hours and you are able to ride on the Squad assisting EMTs with medical and trauma calls. If you are interested or have any question, please send an email to emr@bhvrs.org

Program summary:
Emergency medical responders have a limited scope of practice and work with emergency medical technicians to provide immediate care to patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions and provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport. Emergency Medical Responders are a vital part of the comprehensive EMS response. Under medical oversight, Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.

The skills allowed at this level include taking vital signs, bleeding control, positive pressure ventilation with a bag valve mask, oropharyngeal airway, supplemental oxygen administration, oral suctioning, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), splinting, and assisting in the administration of basic medications such as epinephrine auto-injectors and oral glucose (where permitted by state law). They are also trained in packaging, moving and transporting patients. Due to the opioid epidemic, EMRs in certain states or regions are also trained and allowed to give Naloxon.

Program dates/times (tentative):
4/10 Wednesday – 7p-10p
4/15 Monday – 7p-10p
4/17 Wednesday – 7p-10p
4/20 Saturday – 8a-2p
4/22 Monday – 7p-10p
4/24 Wednesday – 7p-10p
4/29 Monday – 7p-10p

5/8 Wednesday – 7p-10p
5/13 Monday – 7p-10p
5/15 Wednesday – 7p-10p

We will offer couple of additional dates as makeup classes if you cannot attend one or two sessions.

Class costs:
$260. $200 for class + $60 for books. Free for squad members!. In other words, if you join the squad and take the class, we will sponsor your tuition and books (see below for details)

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Who is the program for?
A: Anyone who wants to upgrade their EMS skills from just CPR & First Aid. An EMR member who is also an emergency driver can pair up with an EMT to form a full crew.

Q: What is the difference between EMR program and EMT class?
A: The EMR program provided is a 40 hour class without a NJ state certification. EMT class is about 160-180 hours with NJ state certification. As mentioned above, EMR can be a partner of an EMT to form a crew but cannot treat or assess a patient without at least an EMT oversight.

Q: What is the path to move from EMR to EMT?
A: Currently there is no “cross-over” or “upgrade” class though it is being discussed. So If you intend to enroll into EMT class soon, this program may not be for you

Q: What is the cost of this class?
A: $260 for non-squad members. Practically free for squad members. Squad members will only pay for their own books ($60), The squad will reimburse students for books if they stay squad members in good standing (fulfilling their duties) 6 months after end of class.

Detailed tentative class syllabus
1. Introduction to EMS Systems
2. Legal and Ethical Principles of Emergency Care
3. Wellness and Safety of the Emergency Medical Responder
4. Introduction to Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy, and Lifespan Development
5. Introduction to Pathophysiology
6. Principles of Lifting, Moving, and Positioning of Patients
7. Principles of Effective Communication
8. Principles of Effective Documentation
9. Principles of Airway Management and Ventilation
10. Principles of Oxygen Therapy
11. Principles of Resuscitation
12. Obtaining a Medical History and Vital Signs
13. Principles of Patient Assessment
14. Caring for Cardiac Emergencies
15. Caring for Respiratory Emergencies
16. Caring for Common Medical Emergencies
17. Caring for Environmental Emergencies
18. Caring for Soft-Tissue Injuries and Bleeding
19. Recognition and Care of Shock
20. Caring for Muscle and Bone Injuries
21. Caring for Head and Spine Injuries
22. Caring for Chest and Abdominal Emergencies
23. Care During Pregnancy and Childbirth
24. Caring for Infants and Children
25. Special Considerations for the Geriatric Patient
26. Introduction to EMS Operations and Hazardous Response
27. Introduction to Multiple-Casualty Incidents, the Incident Command System, and Triage

Appendix 1: Patient Monitoring Devices
Appendix 2: Principles of Pharmacology
Appendix 3: Air Medical Transport Operations
Appendix 4: Introduction to Terrorism Response and Weapons of Mass Destruction