EMT Students Team With Fire Department to Hone Skills

April 29, 2010 – Students in Dutchess Community College’s Emergency Medical Services program recently teamed up with the New Hackensack Fire Department to practice many of the skills needed to be successful in the field of emergency medicine.

Approximately 50 DCC students interacted with a Life Net helicopter on the scene, as well as ambulances from several emergency services agencies including Transcare, Mobile Life Support Services, Hudson Valley Paramedics, Beacon Volunteer Ambulance and Esopus Ambulance.

Students were presented with a variety of scenarios involving simulated patients with medical complaints, such as chest pain and difficulty breathing, and traumatic injuries like fractures and burns.

“We greatly appreciate the support we received from the New Hackensack Fire Department, Life Net and the ambulance corps,” said DCC Assistant EMS Coordinator Jackie Port. “They were very generous with equipment and personnel, and our students benefited greatly from the experiences.”


The Emergency Medical Technician - Basic course is an integral part of the first semester of the two-year Paramedic degree program at Dutchess Community College. Students completing the one-semester EMT-Basic course learn the essentials of providing pre-hospital emergency care and have the opportunity to continue their education in the Paramedic degree program.

For more information on the EMS programs at DCC, contact Jackie Port at (845) 298-0717 .



Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu.