EMS1.com Original Series

EMS1 Academy now offers 11 full-length and 20 modular, video-based EMS courses built to better meet the needs of EMS providers with a busy schedule. Going beyond the standard format for learning, EMS1 Academy has created this training format of full-length courses and short training blocks of content that can be taken individually or in a non-linear progression to meet EMS certification requirements. EMS professionals have access to nearly 100 dynamic training block videos approved for credit through the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).

The EMS1.com Original Series includes full-length courses like Ambulance Safety and Design, Leading a Safe and High Performing Ambulance team and Opioid Crisis: Protecting our First Responders, with these courses being one hour each for credit. Our training block courses include the basics of provider care, like Airway, Customer Service and Emergency Operations, with each course ranging from two to seven videos. Our four-part series “EMS Street Survival” also covers a variety of critical learning objectives, and with this microlearning format, FireRescue1 Academy is proud to offer a non-traditional learning format to better suit EMS professionals.

Our unique learning management system (LMS) is revolutionizing the way EMS providers learn on a daily basis. Gain access to training content around the clock, track course assignments and manage accreditation requirements with ease. With EMS1 Academy, it’s training made simple, convenient and cost-effective.

Full-Length Course Descriptions

Course Name Course Description Hours
Ambulance Safety and Design Data has shown that ambulances are one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Taking into account the purpose of such vehicles, the safe and efficient transportation of injured people and vital care providers is easily one of the most important factors in ambulance design. In this 1-hour course, learners will discover how ambulances have evolved throughout history, why safety is at the forefront of design, and how all of these factors have changed over the past 40 years.

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Body Armor and the Changing Landscape of Public Safety First responders are facing emerging threats on the job. With active shooter and other mass casualty incidents on the rise, law enforcement, fire, and EMS all face dangers in the field that have major impacts on their safety and livelihood. For many first responders, purchasing personal body armor comes at their own expense. The questions they often ask are why should they wear armor and what kind do they need? In this course, learners will discover the importance of wearing body armor in the field, whether that is in an active shooter event or a routine call. The course will also examine the kinds of armor available and which type works best for all first responders. 1
EMS Crew Resource Management This course will define the concept of CRM and explain how CRM benefits both responder safety and patient care. 1
EMS Research Research is the method which broadens our understanding and capitalizes on study completed by others. This course provides the learner with research tools and methods to extract the necessary and needed knowledge to better perform the job of an EMS professional. 1
Evidence-based Guidelines for EMS Providers This one-hour course introduces EMS providers to the idea of evidence-based medicine and how it affects EMS providers and their patients. EMS has been advancing as a practice of medicine, and much of that has to do with the progression of using expert opinion to develop treatment guidelines and using peer-reviewed literature, some even published by EMTs and paramedics. 1
Interacting with the Mentally Ill as a First Responder With the increased number of cases in the mental health population as well as greater mental instability within the general public, dealing with the mentally ill has become a common occurrence for First Responders. Often lacking is a strong knowledge base and proper tools and techniques for how to handle and interact with these individuals safely and effectively. Proper identification and understanding of the major mental disorders are essential. Additionally, being able to identify the various classes of psychiatric medications and their uses will help the First Responder in the identification of the type of mental illness as well as guide his or her interaction. 1
Leading a Safe and High Performing Ambulance Team Leading an organization that not only focuses on employees but also patient care can be a daunting task unless you have the tools you need.  This course from Zoll Data explores how to keep your team safe while building best practices for a high performing ambulance team. It examines the current state of the EMS industry, how to build a strong foundation, best practices in safety, and how to mitigate your risk around crashes and accidents. 1
Lights and Sirens: Deadly Epidemic It is a misconception that the use of lights and sirens and high ambulance speeds saves lives. In fact, there have been many studies that have proven the contrary. In this Zoll Data course, learners will discover the deadly epidemic of lights and sirens abuse and how EMS organizations can take advantage of media applications to maintain the public trust and discourage those characteristics that often cause ambulance crashes and the loss of life. 1
Medication-Resistant Pathogens (MRSA) Recently, medical providers have seen an increase in the incidence of medication-resistant pathogens. EMS providers should be familiar with common and serious diseases that are resistant to medication to allow them to protect themselves and their patients more effectively. 1
Opioid Crisis: Protecting our First Responders The increased availability of synthetic opioids coupled with the heroin epidemic has not only led to a significant increase in overdoses and deaths, but also an increased risk to first responders who must come into contact with these substances during the course of their duties. Exposure to small amounts, the size of a grain of sand, can lead to respiratory depression and even death. Proper identification and knowledge of the various opioids, signs and symptoms of exposure, and immediate life-saving measures to be employed in the event of exposure are critical to saving the life of yourself or others. Additionally, the likelihood of first responder exposure requires the implementation of universal precautions including but not limited to personal protective equipment (PPE), Narcan training, and specific procedures for testing of suspected substances. 1
The Culture of Ambulance Safety The topic of safety often brings groans and grumbles to organizations; it can be costly and time-consuming; however, data has shown that a lack of safety culture in any organization often costs more than just money. In this course from Zoll Data, organizations will gain insight into the ways and means of developing a culture of safety by acknowledging the issues of professionalism, the need for evidence and incentive-based practices, and the importance of making positive behavioral shifts in your organization. 1
Yoga for First Responders First responders serving in emergency response can experience physical health issues which range from chronic pain to difficulty sleeping. They are also at risk for post-traumatic stress and are routinely challenged to perform high-stress situations. Yoga practice is effective for reducing the impact of stress experienced by emergency personnel and increasing resiliency to support improved performance in crisis situations. This course explains the scientific basis for yoga practice to support emergency personnel and provides introductory yoga practices appropriate for any first responder. No experience is necessary and flexibility is not a requirement. Although most people associate yoga with poses, this course highlights the most important and beneficial aspect, tactical breathwork. This course will allow you to experience yoga practice and consider what types of yoga may be a good fit for a personal yoga practice. Also included are strategies for incorporating yoga in emergency personnel units. 1

Training Block Course Descriptions

Course Name Course Description Hours
Airway 1 This video block covers a multitude of topics, including tips on opening airways, quick intubation, how to access limited airways, non-invasive capnography, capnography in the sedated patient, as well as tracheotomies, laryngectomies, and stomas.

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Customer Service In this video block course, a multitude of topics will be covered, including honesty with patients and their family, how to deal with patients on their cell phones, and final words when parting with patients. This course also offers three videos that apply specific situations you may find yourself in, as it relates to customer service. 1
Disaster Operations This video block course extensively covers a multitude of topics, including the EMS Task Force, hospital emergency preparedness and the START Triage System. 1
Emergency Operations In this video block course, a multitude of topics are covered, including incident scene operations, moving patients to stretchers, medical condition pre-planning, as well as patient safety. This course also offers three videos that apply specific situations you may find yourself in, as it relates to emergency operations. 1
EMS Street Survival – 1 In this video block course, a multitude of topics are covered, including incident scene operations, moving patients to stretcher, medical condition pre-planning, as well as patient safety. 1
EMS Street Survival – 2 This video block course covers a multitude of topics regarding street survival, including mental and verbal control, scene coordination, as well as approaching the scene. 1
EMS Street Survival – 3 This video block course covers a multitude of topics regarding street survival, including contact partners, emotionally disturbed people, excited delirium, as well as weapon awareness. 1
EMS Street Survival – 4 This video block course covers a multitude of topics regarding street survival, including weapon search, firearms and home defense systems. 1
Environmental This video block covers a multitude of topics, including anti-venom response, epinephrine auto-injectors, as well as other seasonal medical responses. 1
Legal This video block course extensively covers medical legal issues and good Samaritan misconceptions that may arise in your field of work. 2
Medical This video block covers a multitude of topics, including the treatment of sepsis and shock, as well as bringing awareness to suicide. 1
Obstetrics This video block covers several topics, including the basics of OB-GYN and OB kits. 0.5
Operations This video block covers a multitude of topics, including stretcher safety, large venue response, as well as swimming pool safety. 1
Pain Management This video block course covers pain management and nitrous oxide use in detail. 1
Patient Assessment & Exam This video block cover a multitude of topics, including calculating the Glasgow Coma Scores (GCS), Head to Toe exams, patient interviewing and assessments, as well as stethoscope use and maintenance. 0.5
Provider Well-being This video block covers a multitude of topics about provider well-being, including CISM in smaller departments, as well as maintaining a safe scene. 1
Respiratory This video block covers a multitude of topics, including asthma education, flow-safe II CPAP systems, capnographyand pulse oximetry, as well as cardiac wheezes. 2
Trauma This video block covers a multitude of topics about trauma, including head injuries, wound management, time management, extrication incidents, as well as early recognition. 1.5
Vehicle Operations This video block covers a multitude of topics about vehicle operations, including EMS on bikes, maintaining vehicles, as well as BLS/ALS equipment. 1
What Would You Do? This video block covers a multitude of topics, each containing unique scenarios that beg the question, “What would you do?” 1