EMS Training? Not Again!

Firefighters will spend half a day honing their skills on establishing a water supply, but what if we had the same positive attitude and repetition towards EMS training?

The key to EMS training is to make it as interesting and active as fire training. Get it out of the classroom and into the hands-on setting as soon as possible. Create a fun environment for practice and integrate fire and rescue into the training often for example use of ropes to move the patient or airbags to gain access. No where does it say you can’t train on more than one thing at a time. As far as fun goes, when the crew and the individual is happy with how well they fully package a patient for transport, or immobilized a fracture put them in the dark. Yes put them in a dark room. Can they still do it as well?  While performing EMS skills in pitch black conditions is not realistic it makes you think about each thing you are doing, and it’s fun to see if you can do it.

I know training on the same thing over and over gets old. But remember a lot of it is about attitude; try to keep the perspective of how important EMS calls are to the community. As busy as our ambulances are today you are often going to be first at medical calls.

My dad said it best, “son anything you do in life is like digging a ditch. You may not like it, but you may as well do it right.” Spend some time with EMS training make it repetitive but make it fun.