Basic EMT Training: Why You Might Want It


Basic EMT training is the education offered to most first responders in fire, police, and rescue squad departments across the country. Individuals who undergo such training learn first aid, CPR, and how to evaluate and triage a medical emergency situation. The same skills that let EMTs and first responders save lives in the field could help you and your family survive during a crisis situation.

Who Can Take EMT Classes?

Almost anyone can take EMT classes through local community schools or training services, but you may have to pay for the opportunity if you aren’t attending as part of a job or volunteer organization. Even if you are attending as a volunteer with a rescue squad or fire department, you might have to foot some of the bill yourself.

The Value of Volunteering Now

Many local fire departments and rescue squads always need good volunteers to work as first responders. The organizations work with you to provide EMT classes and training, teaching you first aid, response requirements, and how to react in a crisis situation.

Not only is all of this training very relevant during a collapse or personal crisis, the time you spend as a volunteer gives you a chance to put this training into practice in a variety of situations.

You’ll also develop a network of acquaintances with similar skills, many who live in your community. During a government or infrastructure collapse, local social networks may become extremely valuable. And, you’ll be developing all of these skills and resources while providing value to your community now.

Alternatives to EMT Courses

Not everyone is in a position or location that allows volunteering or taking a full-blown EMT course. You can still take a CPR or first-aid class to prepare yourself for taking care of your family when medical staff are not readily available. These skills don’t just apply to survival situations—there are stories every day that involve basic first-aid skills saving lives.

CPR and first-aid classes are often offered for free or low-cost through local organizations such as the Y or Red Cross. Local libraries, universities, and community centers may also offer classes from time to time, so check out listings or ask at information desks.

If you can’t find a class, consider gathering concerned neighbors or friends and asking a local police or fire department if they will send a representative to offer training in CPR.

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