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. Summer class has already started. Keep checking their website for a fall class announcement.
- 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!
Click here for more information.
Heavy Truck 2017: November 17-19, 2017. HEAVY TRUCK is a three-day heavy lifting and extrication course sponsored by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad. It is a combination classroom and practicum class taught at the operations/technician level with technician level scenarios.
Info & Online Registration
External training opportunities
Try these sites to find other training opportunities in our area:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, email email@example.com or check out the AHA website: onlineAHA.org
FEMA Online Hazmat Awareness Class
…can be found here.