Would you enjoy having a job dedicated solely to helping people? Do you want to be more than just a Good Samaritan? Have you ever wanted to be the one with the skills and tools to save a life? Our team might be the one for you! This page will give you all the information you need in order to join.
Are we a good fit for you?
Our team is comprised of nationally certified EMT’s, AEMT’s, and Paramedics. EMT’s, AEMT’s, and Paramedics are eligible to apply for service with Tech EMS. Below, you can find the certification levels defined from least to most advanced.
Medical First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder— MFR/EMR (60 hours minimum)
The MFR/EMR provides immediate lifesaving care to patients who have accessed the EMS system. The MFR/EMR is usually the first on scene and will wait for a higher level EMS practitioner to arrive and takeover care. The MFR/EMR takes patient vital signs; utilizes basic airway, ventilation, and oxygen therapy devices; and provides stabilization of the spine and suspected extremity injuries. The MFR/EMR is also trained in eye irrigation, bleeding control, emergency moves, CPR, automated external defibrillation, and emergency childbirth care. This level of certification requires 40 hours of training.
Emergency Medical Technician—EMT (226 hours minimum)
The EMT provides basic emergency medical care and transportation to patients who access the EMS system. The interventions provided by the EMT include those performed by the EMR but with basic equipment found on an ambulance (EMT is commonly the lowest level of certification allowed to work on an ambulance). The EMT utilizes pulse oximetry, advanced oxygen therapy and ventilation equipment, automatic blood pressure monitoring equipment, and limited medication administration.
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician—AEMT (358 hours minimum)
The AEMT provides all of the skills of the EMT with the addition of the use of advanced airway devices,monitoring of blood glucose levels, initiation of intravenous and intraosseous infusions, and administration of a select number of medications. The AEMT provides limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation to patients in the pre-hospital environment.
Paramedic (1,250 hours minimum)
The scope of practice of a Paramedic includes the skills performed by the EMT and AEMT with the addition of more advanced assessment and patient management skills. The Paramedic is the highest level of EMS practitioner. Paramedics perform advanced assessments, form a field impression, and provide invasive and drug interventions as well as transport the patient. Their care is designed to reduce disability and death of patients who access the EMS system.
Do any of these certifications interest you? If so, you’re on the right track. Next step is to acquire the training.
EMS training has to be done through an NREMT recognized agency. Michigan Technological University is one of the many recognized agencies in the UP and we offer EMT training for students, faculty, and staff members. Depending on where it’s being taught, EMT training can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $1,500. However, those accepted into our yearly, competitive EMT class will receive top of the line training at almost no cost. Michigan Tech will cover almost the entire cost of training in exchange for 1year of service with Tech EMS. You don’t have to be trained by Michigan Tech in order to serve with Tech EMS, and if you hold a current EMT, AEMT, or Paramedics license, you’re welcome to apply for membership. For more specific information on the training offered by Michigan Tech, visit our EMT Training page.
We highly encourage you to take a look at the following pages! They will give you a better look at what we do as an EMS organization.
Emergency Response—Find out what happens on our end before, during, and after an emergency.
Equipment—Check out our cool toys.
FAQ—If you’re wondering, odds are somebody else is also wondering the same thing.
EMT Training—Find out more about getting trained.
General Information—Get the scoop on Tech EMS.
Leadership Team—Have you seen any of us around campus or in the community?
Feedback & Support—Still have questions? Let us know, and we’ll get back to you.
Time is a precious commodity and often a big factor for prospective members. We have tried to breakdown what sort of time commitment is required to be a part of Tech EMS. Basically, as a part of our team, you’ll be expected to respond to calls, cover special events, and attend training sessions.Within our team, we’re broken up into squads of responders lead by lieutenants and squad leaders. Squads rotate through shifts of being on-call. During your on-call period, you’ll be expected to respond to every emergency call that goes out, unless you’re in class. Being a student comes before being a responder, which is why we also certify faculty and staff members. Arrangements can also be made with your lieutenant to accommodate other scheduling conflicts (sports teams, jobs...), to a certain extent. Tech EMS is responsible for providing emergency medical coverage for certain university events, such as sports games, orientation week activities, parades, and other functions. As a member of our team, you are expected to help cover these events.
The only other time commitment we require is attendance of our periodic trainings. We pride ourselves on providing top of the line care at a second’s notice, and that pride can only come with practice. We hold training sessions often, during which we will review the skills members feel are most important at the time.
Are you a good fit for us?
Now you know what you can expect from us, here’s what we expect from you. We’re looking for good communicators who are responsible, reliable, and willing to respond to calls day and night. Carrying a radio will be your duty and must be taken seriously; we will not tolerate no-shows.
If you’re interested, the next step is to apply for membership. If you are already a certified responder and would like to apply for a position on our team, fill out and submit the form here. We will get back to you when we’ve received your information and guide you through the next steps of the application process. If you are interested in applying for the EMT Training course, please navigate to Education > EMT Training for more information.
NOTICE: To be a part of our team, you will have to pass a criminal background check as a part of standard operating procedures.