207-859-5911. Be prepared to say where you are and give a brief description of why you are calling.
To join CER you must be a certified EMT-B (or higher) in the state of Maine. If you are not already a certified EMT but would like to join CER, you can become an EMT in the EMT class offered during Jan Plan or we can help you find another EMT class off-campus during the summer or the semester. Once you obtain your EMT certification contact Katherine Kibler (firstname.lastname@example.org), our Deputy Chief of Personnel and Training, to set up a time for orientation. At orientation you will be given a uniform shirt, and it will be decided then when you will start running shifts with CER. Once you are a member of CER, you will also then be expected to come to Friday trainings (Fridays every week from 16:00-18:00) and continuing education classes (once a month usually from 19:00-21:00, though times vary).
- Maine EMT-B License
- AHA CPR Certification
- Proof of Hepatitis-B Vaccination
- Blood Borne Pathogens Course (taken online once you join CER)
- Sign up for at least one weekday shift and one weekend shift a month (Note: Just because you sign up for those two shifts doesn’t mean that you will get them both. Most Rescue-2’s work 1-2 shifts a month and not all Rescue-2’s get a weekend shift every month).
- Attend at least one Friday training a month (Friday afternoons in the Health Center from 16:00-18:00).
- Attend monthly continuing education classes.
CER is a 24/7 service. Shifts are 24 hours long (19:00-19:00). So if you were on duty on Friday your shift would start Friday at 19:00 and would end on Saturday at 19:00.
Typically there are two EMTs on duty, a Rescue-1 and a Rescue-2. For special events such as concerts there may be extra rescuers on duty. There must be a Rescue-1 on duty for CER to be in service.
The Rescue-One serves as the more senior and experienced member on duty. He or she is responsible for directing other members on scene and ensuring all protocols are properly followed. He or she also makes final treatment and transport decisions on a call, unless otherwise stated by Security, Delta, or another individual/service with a higher certification of care. The Rescue-One must ensure the crew provides quality care and makes decisions that are based on sound medical findings. He or she is responsible for documentation of all events in a call, as well as and for submitting all run reports to the Medical Director within twenty-four hours following a shift.
The Rescue-Two works alongside the Rescue-One and assesses and/or treats every patient with care that meets all Maine EMS and CER protocols. He or she is held to the same standards as a Rescue-One, but is not responsible for making transport decisions. The Rescue-Two is typically the more junior member, yet have the same level of certification as the Rescue-One.
CER members are required to attend a minimum of one Friday training per month, but are encouraged to come to as many trainings as they can. Members are also required to attend the monthly continuing education class.
The EMTs on duty go about their normal day and just carry a bag of equipment and a radio with them. If they get a call, they respond by foot from wherever they may be on campus. If an EMT gets a call during class, they are allowed to leave class to respond to the call. EMTs can be wherever they want while they are on duty as long as they remain on campus. Due to high call volume on Friday and Saturday nights, the Rescue-1 rides along with security from 23:00-2:00 to ensure faster response time.
CER has a few transport options despite the fact that we are a non-transport service. In some cases CER can escort patients via Colby College Security. If it is deemed necessary patient’s can be transported to the appropriate medical facility via Delta Ambulance if the situation warrants transfer of patient care to a higher level of service.
No, CER is a volunteer based EMS service so members are not paid for the shifts that they work.
In order to become an EMT-B you must take an EMT-B course and take the national registry exam to obtain an EMT-B certification. Colby College offers an Emergency Medical Technician class during Jan Plan in which you receive all of the training necessary to take both the practical and written exams necessary to obtain your license. EMT-B classes are also offered as semester long courses and summer programs, including courses at Kennebec Valley Community College, however it is slightly more challenging to take a semester long EMT course with a full course load at Colby.
Once you take the EMT-B class you must take a practical exam. If you pass the practical exam you then must sit for a written exam. If you pass both of these exams you will be a Nationally Registered EMT. With your NREMT license you will then need to apply for a state license. Applying for a state license often involves a background check and driving record check, however this is state dependent, so be sure to check your state’s EMS website to see exactly what you need to do.
If you already have an EMT-B license in another state you will need to apply for reciprocity in Maine.
- This is a general link to the Maine EMS website: http://www.maine.gov/ems/
- The next two links provide information regarding reciprocity and provide the appropriate forms for applying for reciprocity.
Of course! If you are not yet an EMT but are in the process of becoming an EMT or are trying to decide if you want to be an EMT you are more than welcome to stop by Friday trainings and/or our continuing education classes to see what CER and EMS are all about.
Friday afternoons from 16:00-18:00 training is held in the Garrison-Foster Health Center. At trainings we simulate scenarios and work on practical skills to keep our skills and knowledge up-to-date and ensure that we are providing the best possible patient care on-scene. CER members are required to attend a minimum of one training per month, but are encouraged to attend as many trainings as possible.
Continuing education classes are held approximately once a month at Colby and are absolutely mandatory for all CER members. Continuing educations classes are usually taught by an outside paramedic and cover a wide range of skill sets and specialized topics within EMS (e.g. ALS assists, pediatric emergencies, efficient CPR, water rescues, etc.). These continuing education opportunities count toward the continuing education credits needed to maintain your Maine EMS license.