SLU EMS operates at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level under the approval of the New York State Department of Health's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and may perform a range of Emergency Medical interventions outlined under New York State DOH and St. Lawrence County BLS protocols. The EMT-Basic certification allows an EMT to perform BLS interventions and assist in advanced life support (ALS) techniques. EMT-Bs are also certified to administer certain drugs such as Epinephrine for severe allergic reactions, Aspirin for chest pain, Albuterol for asthma, and Activated Charcoal for poisons. Basic EMTs are one of the most important levels of certification in the pre-hospital setting because Basics specialize in patient stabilization prior to the arrival of advanced care.
SLU EMS sponsors students every year so that they may attend SUNY Canton's EMT training program. We sponsor both our own members and students who are not members of our organization. Please note that we now routinely have more EMTs apply then we have membership positions, so sponsorship through SLU EMS does not guarantee membership with SLU EMS once students have completed their course.
Once an EMT has completed his or her training, they then continue their training by attending extra classes called Continuing Medical Education (CME) classes. SLU EMS also offers further continuing education and constantly reviews the skills of our EMTs to ensure that the EMTs treating you are of the highest possible quality.
For more information:
- about what skills EMT-Basic's in New York State are trained in, please visit the New York State Bureau of EMS's Education website.
- about SLU EMS's Continuing Education Program, please visit our Department Training.
- If you’re an EMT in another state, please visit the NYS DOH’s Reciprocity page. Please note that EMTs from other countries are not eligible for reciprocity in New York.