EMS and Basic Exterior Firefighting

  • Location: Niagara Career and Technical Education Center

    Sara McCartin - email: smccartin@onboces.org

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

    Offered to juniors and seniors this program offers a unique opportunity for students.  This two year program focuses on the skills required for certification and advancement in the field of Emergency Health Care/Pre-Hospital Care.  Multiple certifications are offered in this program.  In junior year (PM Session) the certification is the American Heart Association First Aid.  Since NYS is moving to the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) standards, students successfully completing the course will be eligible for not only New York State Emergency Medical Technician Certification, but also NHTSA Certification.  Students also have the training necessary to sit for the Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations (BEFO) test.


    1. See and experience the value of pre-hospital care.
    2. Learn the skills to increase the survival rate of people involved in trauma and sudden medical situations.
    3. Functions in uncommon situations while remaining calm.
    4. Has a basic understanding of stress response and methods to ensure personal well-being.
    5. Has an understanding of body substance isolation
    6. Understands basic medical-legal principles.
    7. Functions within the scope of care as defined by state, regional and local regulatory agencies.
    8. Administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including use of automated external defibrillators.
    9. Providing prehospital emergency medical care of simple and multiple system trauma.
    10. Providing emergency medical care.
    11. Reassuring patients and bystanders by working in a confident, efficient manner.
    12. Avoiding mishandling and undue haste while working expeditiously to accomplish task.
    13. Successful receive an Emergency First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician and Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations certifications.

    Units of Study

    Basic First Aid, Emergency First Responder, NYS Health Education Core, HIPPA Training, Blood Borne Pathogens, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Automated External Defibrillation, Clinical Hours in a Hospital, Ambulance Companies, and Local Fire Departments, Bioterrorism, Disaster Planning, BEFO Training and EMT Basic Training.

    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.

    NYS Approved Program Title & CIP Code

    Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) – 51.0906

    Possible Career Paths

    • With a 2 year CTE program: EMT, increased demand 7%*
    • Associate’s Degree/Additional Certifications: Paramedic, increased demand 7%*
    • Bachelor’s Degree: Emergency Management Director, increased demand 12%*

    *Projected national growth for 2016-2026, US Bureau of Labor Statistics


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