Cerro Coso to offer EMT classes this fall

Cerro Coso to offer EMT classes this fallThose looking for exciting and challenging careers helping others may want to look at five emergency medical technician classes to be offererd this fall by Cerro Coso Community College.

Every day people’s lives depend on the quick reaction and competent care of EMTs. The training is also designed to help paramedics, law-enforcement officers, firefighters, air medical crewmembers, and many more to provide care and transportation of sick and injured patients.

The following classes will be offered:

EMTC C070, CPR for Healthcare Providers, will meet with instructor Mike Metcalf for two one-day courses. The first will meet on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Another class will be offered on Friday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both classes will meet in Room 122C of CCCC’s main building.

This course meets or exceeds the current American Heart Association standard and provides training in emergency treatment for life-threatening cardiopulmonary arrest, airway and breathing management, and foreign-body-obstructed airways for all age groups.

This course also includes rescuer CPR training with use of barrier devices, automated external defibrillator use and prevention of disease transmission.

EMTC C105, Emergency Medical Technician I, will meet for the full term with Metcalf on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:10 to 10:15 p.m. in Room 350D in the main building. The course will survey the techniques of emergency medical care through recognition of signs and symptoms of illnesses, and injuries.

Proper procedures of emergency care and transportation aspects required for EMT-I personnel will also be covered.

Upon completing the course and passing the final exams, students will receive certificates of completion and state skills forms and will be qualified to apply for and take the national exam for EMT-Basic, to ultimately qualify for application within the state of California.

EMTC C106, First Aid/Cardio Resusitation/Auto Ext., is a one-day course to be offered on two different dates. Dana Alloway will teach both courses from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 122C. main building. The first class will be on Saturday, Sept. 14, with the other class on Oct. 25.

The course teaches current first aid instruction for schools and the community through discussion, demonstrations, and practical experiences.

Included are emergency action steps; breathing and cardiac problem recognition and care; CPR of adults, children and infants; automated external defibrillator use on adults and children; help for conscious and unconscious people who are choking; wound care; bandaging; shock; poisoning; local poisonous plants and animals; burns; bone and joint injuries including splinting; diabetic emergencies; temperature extremes and other sudden illnesses.

Disaster preparation and family planning for local emergencies may also be included.

For a complete listing of fall classes being offered and registration information, visit the Cerro Coso Community College website at www.cerrocoso.edu or call the Ridgecrest campus counseling office at 760-384-6219. Fall classes begin Aug. 24.

Story First Published: 2013-07-17