Nassau County Emergency Medical Services Academy
The Nassau County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy, an NCCRS member since 1996, is a division of the Vocational Education and Extension Board of Nassau County. The Academy offers educational services to the pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers of Nassau County, including fire departments, police departments, volunteer ambulance corps and proprietary ambulance services. In addition, individuals who may respond to calls for emergency medical assistance in the course of their duties for other public service agencies (as well as the private sector) are provided with training.
The primary training objective of the EMS Academy is providing New York State Department of Health approved certification courses. All EMS instructors at the Academy are New York State Certified EMS Instructors and maintain their instructional skills by re-certifying both their provider and instructor certifications every three years. All didactic and practical skills instruction is conducted at the EMS Academy or at selected field locations.
In addition to the New York State certification courses, the EMS Academy staff works cooperatively with other medical education providers such as the American Heart Association (AHA). Many EMS Academy staff members are also instructors for the AHA’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Courses. Members of the EMS Academy staff are active in local, regional and state EMS organizations, councils and committees. This activity insures that the instructional staff stays current with changing regulations, standards and protocols.