West Point Fire Department

Course Descriptions

Heartsaver® CPR/AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult. This course is designed to meet OSHA requirements and teaches basic first aid, CPR, and AED skills such as giving CPR to an infant, child, or an adult.

Heartsaver® First Aid is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives.

BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR , use an AED , and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

*ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) covering the clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke and other life-threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions. This course is designed for healthcare professionals such as Paramedics and Registered Nurses as well as others.

*PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) teaches emergency management of pediatric patients approaching or already in respiratory or cardiac arrest, from the early minutes through patient stabilization and/or the transport phases of a pediatric emergency, in or out of the hospital.

*PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization) PEARS teaches providers how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest, and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider. The goal of PEARS is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. PEARS is for healthcare providers such as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and any other healthcare provider who infrequently sees critically ill infants and children

EMS Continuing Education and EMS Refresher Courses for all levels of EMS personnel including Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT (Intermediate 85/99/AEMT), and Paramedic.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. EMRs also provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport. Emergency Medical Responders are a vital part of the comprehensive EMS response. Under medical oversight, Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. Emergency Medical Technicians are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system.

Volunteer Firefighter 36 Hour Course (VFF) the 36-hour course meets the state of Ohio basic minimum requirements for a volunteer firefighter, and is intended for members of a fire department who require their volunteer certification. The VFF course educations students on a basic awareness level of fire ground operations, safety, and other related tasks. Additional training and education requirements are set by each fire department after the student has successfully obtained their certification.

*Courses marked with asterisks are available in Initial courses for your first time certifying in the subject, or Update / Refresher courses and each have different hour requirements. These courses are also only for healthcare personnel.