|Job Title||EMT-B Training (Rookie School)|
|Location||Little Rock, AR|
EMT-B TRAINING (ROOKIE SCHOOL)
In 2002, MEMS realized the importance of “growing our own” with regards to meeting our staffing needs. It was then that MEMS’ EMS Academy was established and we began in-house EMT and Paramedic Training. Our Training Department staff has over 100 years of combined field experience to share with our students.
In 2011, MEMS’ EMS Academy partnered with South Arkansas Community College to provide accredited Paramedic Education for our employees. In 2017, MEMS EMS Academy collaborated with SACC for the EMT program.
MEMS EMT Rookie School is usually held three times each year, with classes currently starting in July, October and March. Application dates will be announced 2-3 months prior to the anticipated start dates.
Qualified candidates selected for the EMT Rookie School are paid $10.00 per hour while going through our full-time, eight week in-house EMT school. After successful completion and upon obtaining Arkansas State certification and National License, Rookies are extended an offer of full-time employment and are eligible to become part of an ambulance crew.
Licensed EMT’s, with no experience, receive a starting base annual salary of $24,605 with full benefits (Hourly rate is calculated based on shifts assigned). After one year, the base increases by $1500.
After working for MEMS for 1 year, EMT's may qualify to attend our in-house Paramedic school, which is usually held once per year. This 8-month program allows EMT employees who are in good standing and meet academic requirements to attend Paramedic school full-time at MEMS while being paid their current base annual salary.
Licensed Paramedics receive a starting base annual salary of $38,064, also with full benefits (Hourly rate is calculated based on shifts assigned). Overtime signups are voluntary and offered as available in order to earn pay above the base annual salary.
If you would like to be considered for EMT Rookie School, please complete the online application process. If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact MEMS HR Department at 501-301-1468 or 301-1414.
MEMS Rookie School does have requirements to meet in order to be considered:
- Our students must be at least 19 with a HS diploma or equivalent, pass a criminal background check, and have a valid Arkansas driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
- Potential students must be physically fit and pass a drug test.
- Candidates must complete the Accuplacer test (or another college placement exam) and meet minimum scores in writing, reading and elementary algebra. MEMS offers the Accuplacer test free of charge during the application process.
Classes will be held Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm, for eight weeks. There will be some additional weekend and/or evening clinical requirements.
AFTER TRAINING: WORKING AS AN EMT
People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics during incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drowning, childbirth, and gunshot wounds, which all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and Paramedics provide this vital attention as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, EMTs and Paramedics typically are dispatched to the scene by a 911 operator and often work with police and fire department personnel. Once they arrive, they determine the nature and extent of the patient's condition while trying to ascertain whether the patient has preexisting medical problems. Following strict rules and guidelines, they give appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient. Emergency treatments for complicated problems are carried out under the direction of Medical Doctors by radio preceding or during transport.
EMTs and Paramedics may use special equipment such as backboards to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility. The EMT drives during patient transport, while the Paramedic monitors the patient's vital signs and gives additional care as needed in the back of the ambulance.
At the medical facility, EMTs and Paramedics help transfer patients to the emergency department, report their observations and actions to staff, and may provide additional emergency treatment.
A MEMS ambulance crew generally consists of one EMT and one Paramedic. The Paramedic is the senior crew member responsible for the ambulance and direction of the EMT. Both are Arkansas Licensed and certified through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
The EMT assists the Paramedic and is trained to care for patients on accident scenes. The EMT has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.
Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. In addition to the procedures already described, Paramedics may administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
EMTs and Paramedics work both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather. They are required to do considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy lifting. EMTs and Paramedics may be exposed to diseases such as Hepatitis-B and AIDS, as well as violence from drug overdose victims or mentally unstable patients. The work is not only physically strenuous, but may also be stressful, involving life-or-death situations and suffering patients. Nonetheless, many people find the work exciting and challenging and enjoy the opportunity to assist others.
TRAINING AND RECERTIFICATION
Formal training and licensure is needed to become an EMT or Paramedic. To maintain qualifications, EMTs and Paramedics must re-register, usually every 2 years. In order to re-register, an individual must be working as an EMT or Paramedic and meet a continuing education requirement which is offered through MEMS Training Facility.
Should you have any questions regarding our program, please feel free to contact MEMS Human Resources at 301-1414 or 301-1468. Thank you for your interest in MEMS!