Emergency Medical Services/Firefighting

  • LOCATION:  Niagara Career and Technical Education Center
    Instructor:  Sara McCartin

    This program is a one year or a two year program that focuses on the skills required for certification and advancement in the field of Emergency Health Care/Pre-Hospital Care.  Each year can be taken as a stand-alone program.

    Multiple certifications are offered in this program.

    Click on the link to see our students in action: EMS Video  

    In junior year (PM Session) students can obtain American Heart Association Basic Life Support, HIPAA, and infection control. With NYS moving to the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) standards, students successfully completing the course will be eligible to take New York State Emergency Medical Responder or Technician Certification. During both years the student will learn how to perform basic first aid including multiple abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes, medical terminology and anatomy and physiology.


    1. Function in uncommon situations while remaining come
    2. Have a basic understanding of stress response and methods to ensure personal well-being
    3. Has an understanding of body substance isolation
    4. Undstands basic medical-legal principals
    5. Functions within the scope of care as defined by state, regional and local regulatory agencies
    6. Administering cardiopulmonary resusitation, including us eof automated external defibrillators
    7. Providing prehospital emergency medical care for simple and multiple system trauma
    8. Providing emergency medical care
    9. Reassuring patients and bystandards by working in a confident and efficient manner
    10. Avoiding mishandling and undue haste while working expeditiously to accomplish the tasks
    11. Besic Exterior Firefighter Operations (BEFO)

    Units of Study
    The First Year (Afternoon Session): If the student is successful, this year leads to Certification with the American Heart Association Certification in Basic Life Support. Also included in this year in the NYS Health Education Core (HOE Core) giving the students High School Health Credit if the home school allows, New York State Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPPA) Training, various field trips and guest speakers, and those meeting the requirements are able to take the NYS Emergency Medical Responder test.

    The Second Year (Morning Session): In this year the curriculum includes bioterrorism and disaster planning, internships at local hospitals, ambulance companies, various fieldtrips and guest speakers, and those meeting the requirements are able to take the NYS Emergency Medical Technician.

    Applied Academics
    Students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services program can earn credits that will satisfy core academic requirements in English Language Arts, Math and Science.  Through the integration of these core academics, achieving a Regents Diploma remains in reach.

    College Agreements
    In addition to gaining the skills needed to enter the workforce, this program provides an excellent foundation for students looking to enter a college program.  Articulation agreements for college credit are in place with various colleges. This course is sponsored by Niagara University.

    How to Enroll
    Orleans/Niagara BOCES partners with local school districts to provide exciting hands-on career and technical training during normal school day.  To learn more, speak with your high school counselor or you can contact Orleans/Niagara BOCES Niagara Career and Technical Education Center Principal Leslie Tanner at ltanner@onboces.org. 

    Teacher Information
    Sara McCartin

    Niagara Career and Technical Education Center
    3181 Saunders Settlement Road
    Sanborn, NY 14132
    (716) 731-6800 ext 4511.


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