Paramedics / EMTs / Dispatchers
Training for Paramedics, EMTs & Dispatchers
While most injuries to paramedics and EMTs are related to overexertion and falls, nearly 10% are transportation-related, and a significant number involve assaults, reports the Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics in one study. During the study period, of the 59 fatalities that occurred among these first responders in both private industry and the public sector, 86% were transportation-related and 8% were assaults.
In light of these dangers, 2 The Rescue has created courses designed to increase the safety and enhance the on-the-job effectiveness of paramedics and EMTs. Exceeding the standards of classes that were previously available to Michigan’s emergency medical services personnel, these courses are approved for State of Michigan EMS Continuing Education credits and Michigan State 911 Committee Dispatcher Training Funds.
A combination of classroom learnings and hands-on training, this 2 The Rescue course helps first-responders learn the legal requirements for scene control according to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), OSHA and DOT regulations and how to protect themselves and their patients while on scene.
Client specific for adaptation to the specific needs of your organization, these seminars and scenario-based training from 2 The Rescue promote effective employee skills to improve situational security. They also enhance personnel safety when dealing with agitated or unmanageable individuals or groups in office settings, public forums and street environments. Approved by Michigan EMS Continuing Education and the State of Michigan 911 Dispatcher Training Committee, these comprehensive courses explore proven techniques of awareness and recognition that emphasize de-escalation, avoidance over confrontation and how to respond. Courses can be taken individually or in combination.
This advanced driver’s training program from 2 The Rescue adheres to your organization’s practices as it meets or exceeds legal statutes of the State of Michigan and recommendations by VFIS. The course’s training methods are designed to change your vehicle operator attitudes and modify driving behaviors in non-emergency and emergency operations to help ensure safe, legal and efficient responses in all situations.
- Zero to 60: The adrenaline dump – Managing the day-to-day exposures
- 60 to 100: Loss of control – Recognizing PTSD, suicide & high risk behaviors | Advanced Training
These highly topical and important seminars from 2 The Rescue are tailored to the specific needs of paramedics and EMTs – addressing not only your emergency responders but also their loved ones on issues that are destroying relationships, careers and lives at alarming rates. Among these workers, stress and overexertion are the leading causes of death. In addition, consistently high rates of alcoholism, divorces and domestic violence negatively affect themselves, their spouses and families to say nothing of their co-workers, on-the-job efficiency or career prospects.
Approved by MCOLES, the State of Michigan’s 911 Dispatcher Training Committee and Michigan EMS Continuing Education, this 2 The Rescue training will instruct through real-life examples how the inability to manage the cumulative stress from daily exposures to trauma and adrenaline affects the way we act. It also is directly related to our safety, decision making and capacity to remain ethically solid as individuals and organizations.
Through this training, emergency responders can gain the ability to manage the daily stressors and significantly reduce their risks of abusive behaviors, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide.
An advanced “behind-the-wheel” course on vehicle operations, this class from 2 The Rescue demonstrates vehicle dynamics and accident avoidance techniques at low speeds and with minimal wear-and-tear on vehicles. This is not a vehicle-handling familiarization or “around-the-cones” course but one that covers driving techniques that most first responders have not experienced previously. Participants learn (or refresh) skills that can avoid accidents, prevent injuries and save lives while minimizing or eliminating vehicle damage.
“As both a fire wife and a full time paramedic this class was outstanding. Sometimes filling both shoes is tough, this definitely helped remind me what was important.” Unknown Paramedic, Oakland County, MI
“Thank you for sharing your story with our first responders. This has been of of the most informative trainings I have been part of in a long time. I wish my wife could have attended, as she is also a first responder, but she was dealing our other kids activities. Again, thank you so much for what you have presented to our family.” Chris Belanger, Kimball Township Firefighter/EMT-B/Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Kimball, MI
“I had the pleasure of sitting in on this class this morning. Many tears were shed ♡ ANYONE would benefit from this class!! These 2 home town heroes are bringing light to the fact that Emotional Wellness is just as important as your job skill set. In this case; our 1st responders have a HUGE % of divorce rate, alcoholism and sadly to say suicides (more so than the civilian population). Definitely PTSD in many cases. There’s good calls and bad calls. Our brains are wired to remember the bad before the good. How do you cope? Personally AND as a family?? These guys are presenting info (from the field), increasing awareness in hopes to modify behavior and change the attitude of civilian and public safety community!! Hat’s off to you Terry & Mike ♡ thank you for sharing your stories with us today.” Stacy Allman Blair Township Fire and EMS Spouse, Grawn, MI
“Thank you guys for reaching out. This is one of the best classes I have attended. It certainly is very eye opening.” Todd Hurley, Battalion Chief Clay Fire Territory, IN
“You did our class at Selfridge ANGB. Loved your message, revitalizes the soul that we aren’t really crazy!” Fire Chief Christopher Ross, United States Air Force, Macomb County, MI
“I attended your workshop last night and I didn’t get a chance to thank you for sharing your vulnerability with us. It provided an extra component to the training that is invaluable. I came as a support person for my husband. I am not a first responder. I have been a medical oncology nurse and a sexual assault nurse examiner for 11 years & just recently within the past year started staffing the child abuse clinic at Bronson. My exposure to trauma is different than that of EMS, Law Enforcement, Firefighter. Even so, I have noticed some of the coping mechanisms and personality traits that you discussed surface throughout my own career. Your tips and tricks for relationship strengthening for those unable to make decisions and those drained of emotion are spot on. I found it VERY helpful my personal use and for application when being a supportive wife. Thanks again. Keep up the Good Work!” Sherri Khillah, Nurse and Responder Wife, Kalamazoo, MI
“Fabulous Class! Very interactive and engaging! Can tell they really do care about dispatchers.” Anonymous Dispatcher, Michigan NENA 9-1-1 Conference
“Higher speeds showed dynamic handling of heavy fire apparatus.” Training Coordinator Laitila, Thornapple Township EMS, Middleville, MI
“Very informative! As a supervisor of an ambulance company it helped me with the placement of my rigs for crew safety.” Field Supervisor Convey, Pro-Med Ambulance, Muskegon, MI
“3rd class with you guys and learn something new every time.” Lieutenant Ogren, North Muskegon Fire Department / Pro-med Ambulance, Muskegon, MI