EMT Basic Training Starts in September at Baystate Mary Lane

WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital will partner with Quality EMS Educators Inc. to offer a Basic Emergency Medical Technical Program to be held at the hospital this fall. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 27, and will include 150 hours of class time and 10 hours of observation time in the BMLH Emergency Room.

After successfully completing the EMT Basic Program, students will be eligible for the State Certification and Licensing Examination. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to take the exam.

“This is the fourth annual EMT Basic course offered at our hospital,” said Mark Tuttle, manager of Emergency Services, noting that the program has produced more than 70 new EMTs to provide emergency health care.

“It has been a critical asset to many of our communities,” he continued. “People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians during the most incredibly stressful situations. The physicians in our Emergency Department also depend on the excellent work and commitment EMTs provide both day and night in the many communities we serve. We are pleased to offer this training locally and proud of the positive impact the EMT Basic training program has had on the many communities we serve.”

The cost for the program is $600 for the class and $100 for books. The terms of payment are $350 due to Quality EMS Educators on the first day of class, with the balance due Oct. 27. Checks, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted.

BMLH Emergency Department physicians also conduct monthly continuing education for EMTs, intermediates, and paramedics at no cost. For more information about EMT training or to register for classes, contact Michelle Holmgren, the hospital’s Public Affairs and Community Relations coordinator, at (413) 967-2296.