EMT class leads to meaningful service to others

It is not often taking a class can change a life, and it is even more rare that it can save a life. But that could be the case with a class the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) is offering.

The National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course will be given at the Comstock Community Center in Wilton, beginning Jan. 6, and running through May 2, 2015. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. and one Saturday per month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The instructor will be Jim Brubaker, a paramedic and the EMS clinical educator at Norwalk Hospital.

“I have found that being an EMT has really given me an edge over other medical students as I pursue my career in medicine,” Travis Valez, a volunteer EMT for several years, said in a press release from the ambulance corps.

The EMT Basic course teaches proper techniques in first aid, CPR, AED, basic life support, patient assessments, extrications, communication and other essential concepts to prepare a student to become an emergency medical technician. The course will also include training in hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and terrorism awareness. Offered in partnership with Norwalk Hospital, this course meets all National Registry and Connecticut requirements.  Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of certification.

Seventeen-year-old Grace Nickel has been a volunteer EMT with the ambulance corps for more than a year.

“My experience as an EMT at such a young age has given me a sense of confidence that is unparalleled by any other aspect in my life,” she says.

The deadline for registration is Dec. 5, and the course fee is $999, which is reimbursable after one year of successful volunteer service and status as a member in good standing with WVAC.

“Being an EMT is a privilege and is one of the most rewarding activities I have ever done.  There is just nothing that compares to helping someone through a crisis — you see and value life in a completely different way,” says Nancy Capelle, a volunteer EMT with WVAC.

For more information, visit http://wiltonambulance.org/training/.