Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)​


Emergency Medical Responders are often the first on the scene of a health crisis, such as a heart attack, traffic accident, emergency childbirth or severe bleeding. EMRs must assess their patients to determine the problem and whether any preexisting medical conditions exist, while deciding on the correct initial treatment of the patient based on that assessment and the current situation they encounter.

Some of the duties EMRs provide include performing lifesaving CPR with defibrillation using an AED, stabilizing a patient for transport and reporting critical information to other EMS professionals. In their jobs, EMRs use equipment such as splints and bandaging to stabilize bone fractures or dress wounds. They also use advanced respiratory devices to provide oxygen to their patients. In some non-emergency jobs, EMRs transport patients from one specialized facility to another in an ambulance or chair-car so that they can take advantage of individualized treatments or care.

Emergency Medical Responders are the entry level of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. As such, they have completed the first step toward the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level of training. ​

The care that EMRs can provide is the most basic of emergency services and very often, the most important. ​

This program will consist of a formal 99+ hour class which will include both extensive Cognitive and Psychomotor learning and demonstration of the required National Registry curriculum components. ​

Program Requirements: ​

  • Must be physically capable of bending, kneeling, lifting patients and equipment. ​
  • All students must have a valid CT State Driver’s License.
  • Attend a Mandatory Orientation

This course is appropriate for Police, Firefighters and anyone interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medical Services. This is an excellent entry into continuing on to become an EMT, PCT, CNA, LPN, RN, PA and even MD. This class will lead to formal certification as an EMR by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). ​

For more information contact: The Great Center (203) 285-2300 or gw-thegreatcenter@gwcc.commnet.edu