CARS members can receive training in emergency medicine and a range of specialized rescue techniques. Certification as an emergency medical technician (EMT) is required to serve as an attendant in charge on an ambulance. Practitioners with an RN, LPN, or PA can obtain EMT certification without attending the full EMT class. Training in vehicle extrication techniques is offered each year. Information about training opportunities is provide on this page.
Emergency Medical Technician
Becoming an EMT is the first step if you wish to volunteer with CARS. These classes are not necessarily affiliated with CARS, so please contact the instructor with questions about any specific class.
- Hybrid EMT class offered by Emergency Training Solutions. This class offers didactic learning online with hands-on lab sessions each week.
- Albemarle County Fire Rescue offers multiple classes each year. The fee for those classes can be waived if you submit an application to CARS and commit to volunteering with us for 2 years after becoming certified.
Register for these classes through the ACFR Training Division.
- For UVA students, EMT class is available as NUIP 4004 and is generally taught in the fall. Enrollment is by instructor permission only; first and second years who commit to volunteering with CARS for 2 years after becoming certified are more likely to be accepted. This class typically extends 5 weeks into the following semester due to the time needed to prepare for the EMT exam.
- Search for EMT certification classes using the Virginia Office of EMS website.
RN/LPN/PA to Emergency Medical Technician
You can obtain your EMT certification without attending the full EMT class!
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During the second weekend every March, CARS hosts VEHEXT. This 3-day class teaches students basic and advanced vehicle rescue techniques. Students spend the first day learning about vehicle anatomy, systematic approach vehicle rescue, winch operations, and much more. Days 2 and 3 are hands-on training spent at a local junkyard learning how to use various extrication tools and working through various extrication scenarios. Day 3 culminates with the Colossal Crash, where students’ knowledge is put to the test in a complex scenario.
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External training opportunities
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CPR Classes & Recertification
We offer CPR classes for healthcare providers and laypeople through the American Heart Association. Students take the didactic portion of the class online through the AHA website and then attend an in-person session to practice with mannequins, masks, and AED trainers. Topics covered include adult, child, and infant CPR, AED use, and choking relief.
Practice sessions are held monthly and include a certification test. All students who successfully complete the course are certified through the AHA.
Separate CPR classes can be scheduled for large groups.
To find out when the next class is scheduled please email email@example.com
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the AHA website: onlineAHA.org
FEMA Online Hazmat Awareness Class
…can be found here.