EMT classes now forming
A training class for Emergency Medical Technicians will be held in Jamestown beginning Nov. 5.
JEMS training officer Chris Reilly announced that Deputy Chief Robert W. Church of the Portsmouth Fire Department will teach the course.
The class size will be between 20 to 25 students and will meet the requirements for the EMT-B certification for the state of Rhode Island.
The classes will be held at the Jamestown Fire Department on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The class will run from Nov. 5 to April 9 with the following dates off: Monday, Nov. 12, Veteran's Day, Monday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 26, Christmas break, Monday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 2, New Year's break; Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Feb.18, President's Day; Monday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day.
The course is free of up front costs to Jamestown residents who commit to join the Jamestown Emergency Medical Services. The cost is $800 for non-Jamestown residents. If the candidate cannot afford the fee, the board may consider appeals on a case-by-case basis. People who agree to join the JEMS will be given first preference for the class. Others will be admitted as space allows.
The commitment to JEMS involves one year of service as an active member EMT (Driver/Crew service is not an acceptable substitute). Non-residents who join JEMS will have their $800 refunded if they complete this period of commitment.
Call JEMS headquarters at 423- 7276 for more information.