For Post 53 young adults, mandatory training begins the first day he or she is invited to join the membership (normally at 14 years of age for the young adults).

The extensive training continues throughout their four-year membership. After 140 hours of classroom study and more than 20 hours of practical training, Post 53’s 16 year olds take the Connecticut State examinations for basic level EMT certification.  The annual extrication exercise with one of the local fire departments is also a part of the overall training.

Extrication

All Post members undergo continuous training to ensure that their knowledge and skills are optimum.  Bi-monthly Wednesday night training sessions, conducted by medical professionals on a variety of subjects, are a critical component to keep abreast of new protocols and techniques for Post members.  At these training meetings you might hear the Head of Trauma at Stamford Hospital lecturing about new trauma alert protocols or a Paramedic from Stamford teaching on how best to recognize and treat a seizure.  In addition, Post 53 holds monthly call reviews with Stamford Hospital's EMS Training Coordinator, overseen by Dr. Dorothy Turnbull, our Medical Director and ER physician at Stamford Hospital.  The calls are reviewed, treatment analyzed and the continued medical interventions in the ER are shared, along with the diagnosis and patient outcome.  These are valuable learning components and mirror what is done in the hospital environment.

Adult volunteers undergo the same extensive training and make the same commitment required by the young adults. After taking the State of Connecticut examinations, adults can achieve an A-EMT intermediate level of certification.  Additionally, the Post conducts supplemental training with certification courses in: Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP) and Geriatric Emergency Medical Support (GEMS)

The Darien Police and Fire Departments receive their Emergency First Responder, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and EMT-Basic Recertification from Post 53 instructors, making them an integral part of the Darien EMS team.