Frequently Asked Questions of EMS Training

Danbury Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Q: How Do I Get Information or Get Started?

A: Since 1999, we have provided the highest quality initial and continuing EMS education for public safety and health care professionals. We offer both EMS and corporate safety training throughout the region as part of Western Connecticut Health Network. For more information, please call us at 203-739-4916.

Q: What Does an EMT Do?

A: An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the entry-level certification for an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider. EMTs typically work on an ambulance responding to medical emergencies. EMTs can also work in other areas including:

  • Private transportation
  • Hospital emergency departments
  • Fire/rescue agencies

There are no prerequisite courses needed for our EMT program.

Q: What Do You Learn in Class?

A: Our EMT training program teaches above and beyond the requirements of a standard EMT course. Our students learn not only how to treat patients experiencing medical and traumatic emergencies, but also about the physiology of these problems and the science behind the interventions. Our additional assessment and hands-on skills sessions produce EMTs capable of acting with confidence in all manner of medical emergencies.

Q: What Employment Opportunities Will I Have as a New EMT?

A: A new EMT can apply for work in a variety of fields.

  • Private ambulance companies and municipal EMS services employ entry level EMTs.
  • Emergency Departments hire EMTs to act as Patient Care Technicians (PCTs).
  • Many Fire Departments across the U.S. now require EMT certification as a prerequisite for employment.

New EMT Basics will typically earn from $10-$15 per hour. While we cannot offer specific job placement, we can assist you in contacting local employers of EMS personnel - including our affiliates -- Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, for potential opportunities. Professional emergency training is an attractive item to have on a resume for a job or school application in any field.

Q: How Long Does the Course Run?

A: EMT programs run on:

Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Our programs also include some additional evening classes on:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and
  • Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The courses run approximately 12 weeks.

Upon completion of the EMT class, students become eligible to take the State and National EMT certification exam.

Q: How Much Does the Course Cost?

A: Tuition for each course is posted on the calendar.Tuition includes:

  • ETR Training Program Manual
  • EMT textbook/workbook
  • Practical lab fees

Each student must also purchase, or have available for the duration of the class:

  • CPR Training Certification
  • Stethoscope
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Trauma shears
  • Other items as identified by the instructor

Costs not directly associated with the course may include:

  • State testing fees
  • Optional supplies such as field guides

Additional fees are typically less than $100.

Q: How Can I Offset Course Costs?

A: There are many options available to offset course costs. Contact us for more information.

Q: Volunteer Services

A: ETR always recommends that EMT students become affiliated with a volunteer EMS provider. Volunteer EMS services provide valuable support and assistance in study/practice for class. Virtually all Volunteer EMS services offer equipment and tuition reimbursement and/or compensation for EMT classes.

Q: Employer Reimbursement

A: Many employers, including Western Connecticut Health Network, reimburse participants enrolled in approved adult education programs. Many places of employment have or may be interested in "first aid squads" or "rapid response teams," which may require EMS training.

VA Benefits/Other Benefits

A: ETR is approved by the VA for tuition reimbursement.

Connecticut agencies offer reimbursement, but each has its own policy. Please talk to the participating agency directly to find out what their options and policies are regarding tuition reimbursement/coverage. Is College Credit Available for EMT Class? Many colleges will allow transfer or credit equivalents for EMT classes. EMT programs are typically 6 credit hour courses. Keep this in mind when considering how much time and work is required to complete your EMT program.

For More Information

Contact Western Connecticut Health Network Emergency Medical Services for more information on the services we offer to the members of our communities.