There are many levels of training that can be reached at Penn Yan Ambulance.
Driver: Drives the Ambulances to scenes and transports patients as well as crew members to receiving destinations. Drivers may assist medics on scene.
Certified First Responder: Assesses the safety of the scene, gains access to the patient, and assesses extent of injury or illness. Communicates with dispatcher requesting additional assistance or services as necessary. Determines nature of illness or injury. Visually inspects for medical identification emblems to aid in care. Uses prescribed techniques and equipment to provide patient care. Provides additional emergency care following established protocols. Reports information gathered about patient’s emergency and care rendered to the EMT or AEMT in charge of ambulance crew on scene. Assists with lifting, carrying and properly loading patient into the ambulance.
EMT-Basic: Must demonstrate competency in assessment of a patient, handling emergencies using Basic Life Support equipment and techniques. Must be able to perform CPR, control bleeding, provide non-invasive treatment of hypoperfusion, stabilize / immobilize injured bones and the spine, manage environmental emergencies and emergency childbirth. Must be able to use a semi-automatic defibrillator. Must be able to assist patients with self-administration or administer emergency medications as described in state and local protocol.
EMT-Intermediate: Must demonstrate competency in all EMT-B skills and equipment usage. Must be able to provide Advanced Life Support using intravenous therapy, defibrillator and advanced airway adjuncts to control the airway in case of respiratory and cardiac arrest.
EMT-Critical Care: Must demonstrate competency in all EMT-B skills and equipment usage. Must be able to provide Advanced Life Support using the AEMT-Intermediate skills and equipment. Must be able to administer appropriate medications.
EMT-Paramedic: Must be capable of utilizing all EMT-B and AEMT-intermediate skills and equipment. Must be able to perform under Advanced cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) standards. Must be knowledgeable and competent in the use of a cardiac monitor/defibrillator and intravenous drugs and fluids. The EMT-Paramedic has reached the highest level of pre-hospital care certification.