Milltown Rescue Squad

Proudly Serving Our Community Since 1937 

What is an EMT?

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. 


This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. This functions include

  • basic airway management;
  • use of basic adjunctive airway equipment;
  • suctioning;
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to current AHA guidelines;
  • obstructed airway management;
  • bleeding control to include appropriate tourniquet usage;
  • spine immobilization
  • splinting of long and short bone fractures
  • scene assessment, triage, scene safety
  • use of statewide EMS communications system
  • childbirth (imminent delivery)
  • oxygen administration
  • epi-pen, narcan and albuterol administration
  • other non-invasive procedures as taught in EMT-B courses adhering to DOT curricula;
  • wound management


Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.

EMT Basic - Scope of Practice
Revised 01/27/16

(1) The following allowed drugs may be administered and skills and procedures may be performed without medical direction:

(a) basic airway management;

(b) use of basic adjunctive airway equipment;

(c) suctioning;

(d) cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to current AHA guidelines;

(e) obstructed airway management;

(f) bleeding control to include appropriate tourniquet usage;

(g) spine immobilization; 7.27.11 NMAC 5

(h) splinting;

(i) scene assessment, triage, scene safety;

(j) use of statewide EMS communications system;

(k) childbirth (imminent delivery);

(l) glucometry;

(m) oxygen;

(n) other non-invasive procedures as taught in EMT-B courses adhering to DOT curricula;

(o) wound management.

(2) The following have service medical director approval:

(a) 

Why Volunteer as an EMT?

Volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic is an excellent way to serve your community while gaining invaluable life-saving experience. 


Volunteer EMTs get valuable skills and experiences. Volunteering as an EMT can provide you with training, experience and leadership opportunities that employers and others respect. By volunteering, you show others what you know, what you’ve done and who you are.  Volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians in Milltown are known for their extraordinary clinical and driving skills, advanced training and consistent high-level of performance.


Joining the Milltown Rescue Squad is like getting a second family. Members have each other’s’ backs. When people join the squad they also build new friendships as they go through training and challenges with each other. The squad is a place of belonging, full of people as committed to helping others as you are.


Volunteering as an EMT shows what you are about. Being a volunteer EMT is not for everybody. It’s a calling that says a lot about the people who join. Volunteer EMTs are a special breed with the courage and commitment to help and protect their neighbors in emergencies.


Being on the rescue squad is a way to give back and make a difference. The rescue squad is about neighbor-helping-neighbor. It’s about a commitment to your community. It is a way to pass on one’s good fortune by helping others.


Volunteer EMTs are heroes. Much like firefighters, EMTs are an admirable and honorable role in society. For those who volunteer, the admiration is especially great: Unpaid and sometimes unnoticed, they are willing to put their lives on the line to save others. You become a role model to those around your, neighbors, friends and family. 


There are a series of training courses which equate to 220 classroom hours to attain the status of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic; at this level of certification you may be charged with managing an entire ambulance crew. 


By the end of your initial training you will be proficient in CPR and how to handle cardiac as well as respiratory arrest, heart attacks, seizures, diabetic emergencies, respiratory problems, and other medical emergencies. You will also know how to manage traumatic injuries such as falls, fractures, lacerations, and burns. 


Volunteering as an EMT empowers you to do great things. When you become an EMT, you immediately feel empowered. You have the training -- and now the responsibility -- to help others in emergencies. You can save lives and change lives in a way no other volunteering opportunity. 


Volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician is mentally and physically demanding; you will be asked to intervene and provide exemplary service during the worst moments of people’s lives. Your training is very extensive but manageable if you have strong time management skills. 


You will find that your training is intellectually stimulating and will compliment your professional work or education; in addition to the specialized skills acquired, you will become a leader among your peers and learn new management strategies. The possibilities for advancement in this position are unbounded. 


Following completion of EMT class, you will have a state wide license that allows you to practice Emergency Medical Services. Many people who start at EMTs go on to peruse other careers in healthcare, such as Nursing and Para-medicine. Others continue on public service paths at Firefighters or Police Officers. 

How do I Become an EMT?

Student Requirements for Enrollment into an EMT Program:
    • Attainment of the age of 16 by the first day of the program.
    • Physical capability to perform all required skills and tasks of an EMT 
    • Possession of a valid CPR certification to the level of Health Care Provider. 

In order to obtain certification as a New Jersey certified EMT the student must:

    • Successfully complete a state approved EMT educational program. 
    • Once a student has successfully completed an EMT education program,
    • The program coordinator shall verify that the student is eligible to take the exam
    • Upon verification of successful completion, the student may register for the exam
    • A student who does not achieve a passing score (70%) on the state certification examination shall be permitted two (2) additional opportunities to successfully complete the examination.

A student who has completed an EMT educational program and has failed the State examination three (3) times may become eligible to sit for the examination by successfully completing an approved EMT refresher program. A student shall then be permitted three (3) additional opportunities to sit for the certification examination.

A student who does not achieve a passing score on the state certification examination on all six (6) examination attempts shall be required to re-enroll and complete an EMT training program before being allowed any additional attempts at the EMT certification examination.All attempts of the state EMT certification examination shall be completed within three-hundred and sixty five (365) days of the scheduled end of each EMT education program.

How to Register for an EMT

To register for an EMT course as a New Student:
  1. Go to njems.njlincs.net (above)
  2. Create a New Account
  3. Complete the application
  4. Go to Class and Exam Schedules
  5. Click EMT Class Schedule
  6. Search and Locate a desired class
  7. Click the Register link next to the class you want 

Class schedules are posted based on the submission of course sponsors. If you are looking for a class during a particular time period or with a specific sponsor, contact the program sponsor directly. 

Local EMT Training Sites

RWJ Barnabas EMT Initial Training

Community Safety Consultants

SAFE-T EMS & Safety Training