Have you ever thought you wanted to find a way to help others, to even go as far as saving someone’s life? You may want to consider learning how to become an EMT.

Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps is holding a class at Comstock Community Center through Wilton Parks & Recreation, for residents interested in becoming emergency medical technicians. The E.M.T. program covers proper techniques in first aid, patient assessment, extrication, communication, HAZMAT and Terrorism awareness, and various other concepts to give a beginning basis for students to become an EMT. The class meets all National Registry and Connecticut requirements and upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the National Registry exam.

Students will also spend four hours of Norwalk Hospital Emergency Room observation time, and Norwalk Hospital is the only approved observation site. Participants will also clock clinical time on a Norwalk Ambulance with 10 patient contacts, and ambulance observation time. Students will schedule time to fit their own schedules, with day, evening and weekend hours available. Scheduling of observation hours may be done during or after the class, although students will not pass until the observation hours have been completed.

This program is open to the general public. Students must be at least 16 years old at the time of the CT State exam, to qualify to become an EMT. The course is offered in partnership with Norwalk Hospital and requires an extensive amount of reading and reading comprehension. While there are no testing or prerequisite requirements for this class, good reading skills are required, and the material is extensive and didactic. Students must pass a written and practical exam in order to pass the class and successful completion of the class qualifies student to take State of CT written and practical exams.

Uniform appearance is also required.

The class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m., and one Saturday each month, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., beginning Sept. 12, 2016 through Jan. 14, 2017. The cost to participate is $950. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 2.

To register, visit the Wilton Parks & Rec website, or call 203.834.6245. For more information or questions please email the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps or call 203.834.6245.