The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) is offering an opportunity of a lifetime–one that will not only change your life, but also the lives of others.

WVAC is offering a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course at Wilton’s Comstock Community Center beginning Jan. 6, 2015 and running through May 2. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-10 p.m. and one Saturday per month from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. The instructor for the course will be Jim Brubaker, a paramedic and the EMS clinical educator at Norwalk Hospital.

“I have found that being an EMT has really given me an edge over other medical students as I pursue my career in medicine,” says Travis Valez, who has been a volunteer EMT for a number of years.

The EMT Basic course teaches proper techniques in First Aid, CPR, AED, basic life support, patient assessments, extrications, communication and other essential concepts to prepare a student to become an emergency medical technician. The course will also include training in hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and terrorism awareness. Offered in partnership with Norwalk Hospital, this course meets all National Registry and Connecticut requirements. Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of certification.

“My experience as an EMT at such a young age has given me a sense of confidence that is unparalleled by any other aspect in my life,” says 17-year-old Grace Nickel who has been a volunteer EMT with WVAC for over a year.

Deadline for registration is Dec. 5 and the course fee is $999, reimbursable after one year of successful volunteer service and status as a member in good standing with WVAC.

“Being an EMT is a privilege and is one of the most rewarding activities I have ever done. There is just nothing that compares to helping someone through a crisis – you see and value life in a completely different way,” says Nancy Capelle, a volunteer EMT with WVAC.

For more information please visit the WVAC website.