Washington State Emergency Medical Service Courses

Our courses require 100% attendance in classroom, lab, and clinical rotation sessions and completion of assigned computer-based learning activities. These courses are offered in a hybrid format, combining face-to-face classroom instruction, practical skills labs, clinical skills rotations, and interactive computer based learning online.       

Aero Methow Rescue Service conducts an Emergency Medical Responder Class (EMR) as needed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Class for active AMRS EMR volunteers.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) 48-60 hours

What is EMR?

EMR used to be known as First Responder. The classifications of Washington State Department of Health levels of emergency medical services training in order of hours of training and levels of responsibility are: EMR, EMT, AEMT (Advanced EMT) and Paramedic.

What does it cost?

The student pays for the textbook and online access, American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life CPR Course and NREMT testing fee as well as travel to the testing site.

When is the class?

Classes are scheduled based on our need and interest in the community.

Where is the class?

At the Aero Methow Rescue Training Facility in Twisp, see the "contact us" tab on the website for map.

I am planning to be gone for some of the classes. Can I still take the class?

No. All classes are mandatory.

What are the requirements to become certified with the State of Washington? 

  • Take a state approved class (Aero Methow Rescue Service EMS classes are state approved)
  • 17 years old
  • Official Photo Identification—driver’s license or passport
  • Provide proof of EMS agency association
  • Clear Washington State Patrol background check
  • Upon completion of the course, pass a National Registry EMT (NREMT) computerized exam administered by Person Vue at designated exam sites

Will I be eligible to volunteer with Aero Methow after I become certified?   

Yes, if you meet the requirements of a volunteer as stated above. As an EMR you can attend to the patient on scene and in the back of the ambulance with an EMT or Paramedic. When you have successfully completed driver training with Aero Methow, you can also be responsible for driving and transporting the patient to the hospital.

How can I volunteer and what are the expectations?

The requirements are:

  • Be certified in the State of Washington at least at the level of Emergency Medical Responder
  • Have no lifting restrictions    
  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand English at a high school level
  • Be available for 12 hour "on call" shifts to respond to 911 calls, at least 4 times per month
  • Be within 5 minutes of any ambulance station while on call (Twisp, Winthrop or Mazama). This means you either have to: live close to town, or if you work in town you would have to be able to leave work immediately, or you may spend your shift at the Twisp Station with the on call crew. If you choose to be on call at night and do not live within 5 minutes of any of the ambulance stations, you may stay at crew quarters in Winthrop or Twisp.
  • Be available to occasionally volunteer as part of a standby crew at special events (sporting events, rodeos, races, etc.)
  • Attend monthly meetings/training — the 3rd Monday of the month at Aero Methow Station in Twisp.
  • Complete driver training through Aero Methow Rescue Service (no additional charge)
  • Pass Washington State Patrol and Office of Inspector General background check
  • Submit a Washington State Motor Vehicle Report without significant violations 
  • Submit 3 references regarding your ability to work well with others, your reliability, dependability and ability to perform duties in stressful situations with minimal supervision
  • Be current on immunization and submit a negative TB test

Will Aero Methow pay for the class?  

No. The students purchase the textbook and online access, AHA BLS CPR course and NREMT Exam.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer?     

Aero Methow Rescue Service makes every effort to minimize the cost to the volunteers.

  • We provide one uniform (if you are active we will provide an additional uniform), a radio, your vaccinations (Hepatitis B) and meals for transports that span the time of a regular meal.
  • We provide the required training to maintain your certification.
  • Aero Methow Rescue also pays for going on a call, standby or rescue. This is a nominal amount that is far below minimum wage (so we can still call you a volunteer) but amazingly adds up throughout the year. This is paid once a year at the Christmas Party.
  • Aero Methow Rescue is a non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) - therefore  travel expenses to the meetings/trainings and rescues and other related expenses are a charitable contribution.

Where do I find the 3 required online FEMA classes, and why do I need to complete them before I begin class?     

Basic knowledge of the incident command system and HAZMAT awareness are now standard requirements for all EMR and EMTs to obtain national certification.  The online courses can be found at the following sites:

ICS-100:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-100.b

IS-700:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-700.a

IS-5a:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-5.a


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)   190 hours

When will the next EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class be offered?

An EMT class is offered only to those who are currently certified as an EMR and have met the volunteer requirements with Aero Methow for one year (12 months, they don’t have to be consecutive).