What's the difference between an EMT, paramedic, and first responder?

There our 4 EMS certifications in Indiana, each with increasing skills, training, and scope of practice. They are as follows, ranked lowest to highest: Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), and Paramedic.

EMRs, also known as First Responders, are usually found in volunteer settings such Volunteer Fire Departments or Rescue Squads. They are prohibited from transporting patients in an ambulance, but provide basic first aid, CPR, and limited airway management.

EMTs are the next level up and are very frequently found in ambulances. They have increased bandaging and splinting skills, more medical training, increased airway management skills, and can administer a limited amount of medications.

AEMTs have even further expansion of skills and training of EMTs, including the use of IV access and more medications.

Paramedics are highest trained individuals working on ambulances. They are often thought of as extensions of Emergency Rooms, utilizing ECGs, IVs, advanced airway management including intubation, and the administrations of numerous medications.

What makes STAR Ambulance different than other EMS organizations and training centers?

STAR is one of the oldest and most experienced ambulance services in Indiana, beginning operations in 1982. STAR's ownership all have heavy clinical backgrounds as on the street Paramedics and EMTs. This relatable background helps us to better understand the challenges our staff faces and better train our EMTs and Paramedics to provide the best care possible to our patients. STAR's Training Division has some of the best statistics in the state of Indiana when it comes to success rate for those wishing to become EMTs.

Where are the classes held

Classes are held at our Crawfordsville Headquarters

How long does it take to complete the certification?

Our program involves 4 weeks of full time (40 hours) classroom education, followed by 3 weeks of full time on the ambulance training. Successful students can expect to obtain their certifications in 7-8 weeks from the start of the program.

How old do you have to be to complete the training?

Ideal candidates will be at least 21 years old, as that is the minimum age to be able to drive our ambulances. For individuals between 18-21 years old, there is potential they can be hired in a non-driving capacity as class size allows.

How much does the course cost?

Nothing! Not only that, but you will also be paid an hourly wage to attend class and train. Individuals accepted to our program are hired as part of a two-year full-time employment contract. We want to hire and train you to be a part of our growing company.

Do I have to work for the Crawfordsville location or are there other locations available?

STAR has locations West Central Indiana in the towns of Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Greencastle, Indianapolis, Brazil, and Clay City. Individuals hired will be able to work at locations closest to the areas they live after their initial 4 weeks of classroom training.

What are the qualifications for the EMT training course and employment with STAR Ambulance?

Individuals must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license and willingness to undergo a criminal background check. Individuals must also undergo a driver background check to evaluate eligibility to drive the ambulances. Individuals wishing to start the EMT Training Program must pass a general math and reading comprehension exam as part of their interview process.