Emergency medical services licensing is administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Additionally, Memorial Medical Center, our resource hospital, is responsible for medical oversight of emergency medical services operations provided by RFPD. We have held emergency medical technical basic classes at Rochester in the past. At the present time we are hosting a paramedic class administered by Lincoln Land Community College.
INITIAL LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
- Emergency Medical Technician Basic- 128 hours of classroom education, 30 hours of emergency department practical experience, and 50 hours of ambulance ride time.
- Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic- 488 hours of classroom education, 500 hours of emergency department and healthcare facility practical experience, and 1040 hours of ambulance ride time. Additionally there are specific skill competencies that are too numerous to detail here.
CONTINUING EDUCATION/LICENSE RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS
- Emergency Medical Technician Basics are required to obtain 120 hours of continuing education courses related to prehospital patient care every four years to maintain their license. Additionally, they must maintain certification as a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Healthcare Providers.
- Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedics are required to obtain 120 hours of continuing education courses related to prehospital patient care every four years to maintain their license. Additionally paramedics must maintain certifications as a CPR Health care Providers, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider, either Prehospital Trauma Life Support providers or International Trauma Life Support providers, and either Pediatric Advanced Life Support providers or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers. These courses range in duration from four (4) hours for CPR certification to twenty (20) hours for Prehospital Trauma Life Support.