Volunteer EMT Training Sponsorship
The EMT Training Fund Advisory Council has recommended these Best Practices for volunteer squads regarding sponsorship of members for EMT training reimbursed by the Training Fund. (10/1/2011).
Training Fund Changes
Effective April 1, 2010, the NJDOHSS will no longer reimburse for most elective CEU programs. CEU courses through The Gold Cross magazine will remain available free of charge. Please read the DOHSS letter for details. (5/3/2010)
The Gold Cross magazine subscription is no longer covered by the EMT Training Fund. Individual subscriptions are: $16 each. Any volunteer squad that signs up 15 or more members at once: $15 each. Any squad that signs up all of their EMTs: $15 each. Any squad that does both (signs up all EMTs and more than 15): $14 each.
NJ EMT-B Protocol Updates
NJDOHSS has updated the Chest Pain protocol to include administration of aspirin. See the Chest Pain Protocol (9/2011) and the latest EMT-B Nitro Administration Skill sheet (9/2007). There is also a new Bleeding Control Skill Sheet (2007).
Both skill sheets will be used in EMT and Core classes.
Free CEUs are now available online from:
NJLEARN, NJ's new First Responder training site. All NJ EMTs should have been mailed a username and password from the Dept. of Health Office of EMS. If you did not receive a username, contact OEMS at (609) 633-7777.
Review the proposed EMS National Scope of Practice Model.
Latest (June 2004) EMT Training regulations from the State Dept. of Health & Senior Services:
A free subscription to The Gold Cross magazine is now available to every volunteer EMT in the state! For more information, visit the Leonard Publications web site.
The NJDOHSS Online searchable CEU database is operational again. The database is searchable by date range and county. Click here to find core and elective CEU classes in your area.
The NJDOHSS has removed the reimbursement limit on CEU training. Volunteer EMTs are now eligible to take as many approved CEU programs as needed.
Training is an integral part of being an EMT. It is important that one keeps their skills current. Under NJ State law, the NJSFAC is the agency that determines state wide training requirements for all of New Jersey's volunteer squads. Click here to view the current NJSFAC training requirements.
NJSFAC Defibrillator position clarified.
The NJSFAC supports public access defibrillation. In fact, the NJSFAC initiated the request to change the existing law over a year ago. Our position is that the certification of defibrillator skills belongs in a CPR course taken prior to entrance into the EMT basic course. According to a report, the majority of States run their program in this manner. It is a logical place for certification to take place, since CPR skills are no longer part of the practical exam. As a matter of fact, this format is exactly how the NJDOHSS proposes to run the First Responder certification program In addition to the certification being in the CPR class, the NJSFAC feels that the time in module 4 dedicated to defibrillator skills should be used for skills enhancement and patient care after defibrillation. To regulate the defibrillator training into EMT class unduly burdens the system. Did you know that at the June EMT training fund committee the NJSFAC proposed that the committee encumber funds to purchase every volunteer squad in the State a training unit? Even though there are several million dollars in the fund and there is money that has been encumbered for training centers for exactly that purpose, there was no second to the motion. To download a copy of the letter sent to the NJDOHSS on the subject of EMT-D training in pdf format (Adobe) click here.
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One of the key initiatives of the NJSFAC was the EMT Training Fund Act, which provides for free training for all volunteer EMTs in NJ. Under this law, training is paid for by a surcharge that is added to motor vehicle violations. To find out more about how agencies can get training funds and other regulatory events, visit the NJDOHSS Office of EMS web site by clicking here.