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Emergency medical care is the critical first link in the health care system chain. The Emergency Medical Services program at Central Carolina Community College and its Emergency Services Training Center train the people who provide that critical first link.

EMS classes are held on a variety of schedules each semester. The ESTC reaches out to the communities the college serves by conducting classes at various emergency medical services agencies, rescue, and fire departments in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties. Initial classes are held at the college's campuses.

Emergency Medical Services training is provided at four levels: Medical Responder (MR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate (EMT-I), and Paramedic.

When trainees complete a program, they are eligible to take a North Carolina state certification exam. The skills required for each level of certification are: MR - basic first aid; EMT - basic first aid and airway management; EMT-I - advanced airway management, intravenous access, and basic medications; and Paramedic - advanced airway management, intravenous access, oral and IV medications, cardiac monitor, and cardiac defibrillation.

All levels of certification can be attained as a part-time student. North Carolina emergency response agency members are exempt from course registration fees. They pay only for books and supplies. For information on becoming an emergency response agency member, contact your local fire department, rescue squad, or EMS provider.