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    PREREQUISITIES
    FOR EMT CERTIFICATION



     

    We have been informed by NYS DOH/EMS that all courses will now have to meet the state requirements and OSHA standard CFR1910.120 in order to certify as an EMStechnician.
     Students will need ICS 100, ICS 700 and Hazard Material Awareness for First Responders. In order to accommodate the new requirements students must now take the following courses on-line through FEMA. The total time, including the final exams is 16 hours. This is obviously not possible in the course of the school day so students are responsible to do the courses on their own time, and submit the documentation, to the IC, upon completion ofthe courses. 
    THIS IS A NEW YORK STATE REQUIREMENT. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION WILL RESULT IN YOU BEING INELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE STATE CERTIFYING EXAMS IN JUNE.



     

    The three courses are as follows: ICS 100 Introduction to incident command—3 hours, ICS 700 Emergency management—3hours, Hazard Material Awareness--- 10 hours



     

    Here are the links that you need to complete this requirement:

                      www.FEMA.org Search ISP (independent study program)
     

                      http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is100b.asp  for ICS 100

     

                      http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is700a.asp  for ICS 700

     

                      http://www.training.fema.gov?EMIWEB?IS?IS%.asp for Hazmat Awareness



     

    Upon completion, take the final exam on-line, submit to FEMA, and wait for the completion certificate. Print the
    certificate and return to your IC by January 2,  2013.

     
     

    LETTER REGARDING IMMUNIZATION FOR THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR

    Let me welcome you and your child to the Emergency MedicalTechnician program here at POBJFKHS. As part of the required course work set forth by the NYS Department of Health, EMT students are required to complete 10(ten) hours of observation time in a hospital Emergency Department. While this activity is in the distant future, we need to address the paperwork that is necessary to have the students admitted to the hospital to do these needed hours.

    To insure the health and safety of both the students and the patients, the students must prove immunity. The following is required:

    1. A titer
           (a simple blood test) to show immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

    2. A titer
           to show immunity to varicella (chickenpox). A history of chickenpox, or a vaccine
           given at age 13 is also acceptable.

    3. Proof of Hepatitis
           B vaccine. ( 3 Doses)

    4. A TB test, specifically a PPD, dated after September 1, 2012.

    All of the above documentation, along with your child’s immunization record should be attached to the completed form that accompanies this letter. Please be sure that all information is in the form of an original; no fax copies are accepted.

    Be sure to impress upon your child’s doctor that titers are a requirement. Your child will be working as a health care provider and this is a state mandate.

     

    All of the completed information should be returned to me no later thanMonday, December, 3rd2012. Failure to do so will exclude your child from attending rotations and consequently not receiving credit for the EMT course.

    You can direct any questions or issues to me at the High School at (516) 937-6381. 

     

     

     

    LETTER REGARDING PROM/STATE WRITTEN EXAM COMFLICT


     

     It has come to my attention that there is a scheduling conflict with the prom and the
    NYS Certifying Examination. Both events are scheduled for the evening of June 20, 2013. Students have a few options:

    1.     Take the exam, and attend the prom later. The exam begins at 7 pm and is 110 multiple choice questions. They have 2 hours to complete the exam.

    2.     Do not take the exam and request a new test date. This can be done in March 2013; the alternate test dates is August 15, 2013, others are available at nysdoh.gov. If the student is attending college in NewYork State, they may be able to change the venue in addition to the date.  The students have 1 year from the successful completion of the course to take the written exam.

    3.     Do not take the exam at all. This option is the least productive since all of my students have worked very hard. Not to
    take the exam would be a waste of some very talented future EMT’s. Additionally, not taking the exam will not allow them to receive the college credit that is available through PONCEand the NCEMSA. 

    Be assured that everything in my power and the power of the NCEMSA is being done to advocate for our students. This has happened in the past and NYSDOH has not been willing to make changes for the few individuals this impacts.

    All questions and concerns should be addressed to me. NCEMSA and NYSDOH have limited resources and do not respond to questions in a timely manner.   You can reach me at (516) 937-6381.  Thank you for your cooperation