Prerequisite: Student must be a member in good standing of a community volunteer fire company; must be 16 years of age.
This course is designed to train students to become Basic Life Support providers. Major topics covered include legal aspects of emergency care, infection control, patient assessment, respiratory systems, oxygen adjuncts and delivery, CPR, AED, bleeding control and management of soft tissue injuries, musculoskeletal injuries and management, spinal immobilization, pediatric and obstetric emergencies, crisis intervention, multiple casualty and triage management, ambulance operations, and EMS Systems. Each of the seven Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) written module certification examinations must be passed with a minimum of 70%. The practical evaluation must be passed according to a checklist based on U.S. DOT requirements. A limited re-test option based on the testing policy is permitted in each module for the written and/or practical examination. The Hazardous material portion of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to mitigate a hazardous materials leak. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to analyze a hazardous materials incident; plan a response; implement the response; evaluate the progress of the planned response; and terminate the incident (NFPA 472, Standard for Hazardous Materials Responder Professional Competencies).