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16 week EMT-B vs accelerated 8 week course?

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  • #16
    I prefer to do the 16-week course over the 8-course because i learn better at a slower pace rather than just flying through it all and then theres a test...thats just my opinion...

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    • #17
      Good info guys. I was going to attend ciemt here in Cali but I am now going to attend a 16 week comm. college course to assure myself that the material will stay with me. I too want to be a FF but if ems is needed, so be it. I'll do what it takes to better myself for my team and my community. Let's do this!

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      • #18
        Stay out in the area that you are taking these courses. Don't come to the East Coast area as we don't accept any of that stuff. If we hire you we will train you our way and then we know that you know the program and drill!

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        • #19
          No disrespect to the last poster, but I don't agree. I believe you should be cautious and make sure to get and maintain a national certification especially if you plan on working in another state a few years down the road. But, if you aren't planning on ever working in the state where you want to take the course, then don't take the course.

          Here in Kansas, we mutually accept most state EMS certs, as long as you can successfully challenge our state boards. If your cert ain't recognized; the board of ems will give you some special consideration if you have a national certification. Kansas isn't the exception either, most state boards either recognize your certification or recognize it after passing their state exams. Case in point my FTO during my EMT course had been a Paramedic in PA and he had hopped around a few other states before that.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Jonnee View Post
            Stay out in the area that you are taking these courses. Don't come to the East Coast area as we don't accept any of that stuff. If we hire you we will train you our way and then we know that you know the program and drill!
            That's not true about EMT. I work on the East Coast, in a large city not too far from you, and I know we give reciprocity. I also know that several departments in MD are the same way.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by pipeman1822 View Post
              That's not true about EMT. I work on the East Coast, in a large city not too far from you, and I know we give reciprocity. I also know that several departments in MD are the same way.
              Virginia will do that for EMS provided it was from the same material as Virginia uses, no exceptions.

              We will except what Maryland has certified as well.

              Others, going to a community college does cut it here. Only official fire department training schools, which are fd sponsered, will get you a certification and you must be a firefighter in a fire department in Virginia and or Maryland if in that state.

              We really don't care what you had taken or how many certifications you have from another state or so call fire academy that teaches the test and takes your money.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Jonnee View Post
                Virginia will do that for EMS provided it was from the same material as Virginia uses, no exceptions.

                We will except what Maryland has certified as well.

                Others, going to a community college does cut it here. Only official fire department training schools, which are fd sponsered, will get you a certification and you must be a firefighter in a fire department in Virginia and or Maryland if in that state.

                We really don't care what you had taken or how many certifications you have from another state or so call fire academy that teaches the test and takes your money.
                O ok. I didn't know you were talking about fire certs. I know MD takes fire certs from other places if you're just volunteering though. Then they send you through their own academy if hired full-time. Don't know as much about VA though. I'm right in the middle of the both states, but know more people on the MD side than VA since the NoVa departments are pretty much all career whereas MD has a lot of vollys. We happen to have a lot of guys that volunteer on their off time in PG.

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                • #23
                  8 week emt course?? Thats like a death mill or some ****. What do they just teach you how to pass the national reg?
                  Get the first line into operation.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Itshotinhere View Post
                    8 week emt course?? Thats like a death mill or some ****. What do they just teach you how to pass the national reg?
                    No, they teach it to you faster with longer days. Instead of going twice a week for 4 hours or something you go for 8 hours each day. Or when I was in the academy, it was 8 hours/day, 5 days/week since it was considered a full time job where we were making a salary while attending. Before being hired full-time I already had it though after an 8-week class and it wasn't too hard at all.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Itshotinhere View Post
                      8 week emt course?? Thats like a death mill or some ****. What do they just teach you how to pass the national reg?
                      No but I am pretty sure thats what happens during the 2 weeks course I have seen posted here.
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                      • #26
                        Both 8 and 16 week classes have their advantages and disadvantages. It really boils down to the type of person you are. There are also online courses. These you must be very, very careful with.

                        If you are the type of individual that is studious and “books come naturally” to you, the 8 week course is fine. Just make sure that you review the day’s work each night, and always, ALWAYS rehearse your practicals. Even after you pass them, keep on doing them, in your head, with a partner, ect. Dedication is key.

                        If you are the type of individual who has had difficulties with the books, or find it more beneficial to learn at a slower pace, then the 16 week course is better. We have had guys take both, and they have done just fine.

                        Now for the online- Generally with the online classes, (at least the ones I am familiar with) you complete all of the bookwork online, then report to the academy/school for a set amount of time to perform your practicals. They usually have “clinical weekends” where you can come for practice and watch hands-on performance before you are evaluated. I can’t stress enough to be very, very careful if going to choose this option. You don’t get the personal stories (which are able to help reinforce a concept better than the book ever could), and you will not have much interaction with the instructor. Yes, they have DVDs and videos that will show you how to do a task, but personally, unless you have already been exposed to EMS, been to in-house training, been on scenes, these do nothing and give you a “Hollywood” attitude, that is, you saw it on TV and now you can do it. (Even if you did stay at a Holiday Inn Express you will not know thumb from a**.) Also- with the online classes, you have those hairbags that will use the books during their tests, therefore never truly learning, all they did was to learn how to reference.

                        Best of luck.

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