Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Recruit School lasts for 6 months. This class is required to be 389 hours, however, Cobb County conducts a 404-hour class. Of these 404 hours, 60 hours are spent doing clinical rotations - either working in the emergency room or on the ambulance. Clinical rotations provide the opportunity to experience real-life situations and allow hands-on use of practical skills taught in the classroom.
A typical classroom day consists of a 6-hour lecture followed by 2 hours of practical exercises. During the lecture portion, recruits learn to assist patients who are having trouble breathing, diabetic reactions, seizures, heart attacks, etc. Recruits also learn the role and responsibilities of an EMT, such as, how to operate emergency equipment, extricating patients from wrecked vehicles, and using many other lifesaving skills. During the practical portion, recruits respond to scenarios set up on the training campus. Skills and knowledge learned in the classroom are used as patient care is provided to the sick or injured. Some scenarios may require recruits to extricate a patient from a slope, remove a patient from a burning house, work with a patient suffering a heart attack, or maybe even deliver a baby.
At the conclusion of the 6 months, recruits must have passed all major tests (usually given weekly) and the Cobb County final exam, which consists of a 150-question written test and a 6-station practical exam. Once the recruits have successfully completed the Cobb County final exam, they must pass the National Registry of EMT's written and practical test. The written portion consists of 150 questions and the practical portion consists of 4 practical stations that are scenario based. In approximately 2 weeks, recruits are rewarded for their hard work with a letter of completion, a certificate and a uniform patch. Upon receipt of these items, they are officially certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in the State of Georgia.
From here it is on to the field to use all their skill and knowledge to aid the sick and the injured, and who knows - maybe even save a life.