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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

EMS Rescue Medical Technician (SOC 206)


Version 1 and 2: 120 hours (over 12 days). Version 3: 234 hours (5.6 weeks). 

FDNY Training Facility at Randall’s Island.

Version 1: September 2005 - September 2010. Version 2: October 2010 - May 2022. Version 3: June 2022 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: provide care in an austere environment; perform a limited access patient assessment; effectively use the Rescue Medic formulary; construct splints for muscosketal injuries in the austere environment; excel in advanced airway management; demonstrate ventilation and ventilator skills; deliver sedation and pain management to entrapped victims; understand the functionality of capnography; and master the Rescue Medic protocols and display the skills necessary to operate safely in trench, collapse, high angle, confined space and machinery incidents. EMS rescue technicians perform special operations medicine in the field in challenging situations such as limb amputations, blood transfusions, advanced ventilator management, and even canine care. Version 3: Although, Version 1 and 2 are the same as Version 3, extensive training has been added. Students will be able to: assess, treat and manage a patient in the special operations environment; recognize and treat common and unique medical conditions encountered in the special operations environment; use specialized medical equipment and medications specific to the Rescue Paramedic program; and safely operate in a technical rescue operation. Students will be certified in the Awareness and Operations Level in the rescue technical disciplines of high-angle/ropes, confined space, collapse and trench rescue. Additionally, students will safely operate in a rescue operation to triage, treat, and assist in the extrication of patients while providing advanced pre-hospital care.


Version 1 and 2: This course combines 80 hours of rescue operations training with 40 hours of advanced medical management to enable firefighters to administer medical management techniques during and after rescue operations. Instruction consists of lecture and supervised field work. Major topics include: Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Assessment, Management, Advanced Medical Skills, Specialized Medical Equipment, and Canine Veterinary Care. Prerequisite: Certification as Hazardous Materials Technician. Version 3: Major topics include: Medication Formulary and Pathophysiology, Limited access patient assessment, Airway management and capnography, Compressive Syndrome and Hyperkalemia, Management of a hemodynamically unstable patient, prolonged field care. Prerequisite: Training in HazMat OPS, Hazardous Materials Medical Technician II, Physical Agility and Examination.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Building Construction, Occupation Safety, Fire Protection, Fire Science,  Fire Services Administration, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medical Management, or Health Sciences AND in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Medical Management; or Anatomy and Physiology OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Building Construction, Occupational Safety (maximum of 3 semester hours), Fire Services Administration, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Management, Anatomy and Physiology, Health Sciences or EMS (7/10) (5/12 revalidation) (7/17 revalidation). Version 3: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Emergency Medical Services OR 8 semester hours in Emergency Medical Services and 4 semester hours in Fire Science or Technical Rescue (6/22 revalidation).