All new members of Duke EMS are paired with a Crew Chief to complete their cadet program. The Duke EMS cadet program is a comprehensive preceptor program for new EMTs to ensure that they are comfortable with patient assessment and treatment, emergency vehicle operation, radio communications, triage, and scene command. New cadets typically take 6 months to a year to complete the program, ensuring that all released members are fully capable of managing any type of medical emergency encountered by Duke EMS.
All members of Duke EMS complete a modified Emergency Vehicle Driver course, where they learn safe operation of emergency vehicles. The course is offered on average once each year, depending on how many individuals need to complete the training.
All EMTs are required by the state of North Carolina to complete 24 hours per year of continuing education. Duke EMS offers continuing education to all its members through Durham Tech to comply with this requirement. In addition, all members complete an annual Blood Borne Pathogens update class and a CPR update.
Advanced Life Support Classes
Duke EMS has a close relationship with Durham Tech and is able to facilitate placement in advanced life support classes for its members. Examples of classes completed by Duke EMS members include EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic (opens in new window), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and International Trauma Life Support.