As a member of Ramsey Ambulance, you will use various applications throughout your career. Below is a description of all the apps and programs we use and links for them.
When To Work- When to work is our scheduling software. Through this program, you can sign up for shifts and special details.
EDispatch- EDispatch is a program we use as our digital pager. This program plays our dispatch tones through your phone to alert you to a call.
I Am Responding- This program is connected to the police dispatch desk so they can see we have a crew responding to the call. The officers use it to know who is on the ambulance. It is imperative that you call in for every call you go on.
ImageTrend- All patient care activities must be charted. This software allows us to digitally create patient care reports or PCRs. All members of the crew must sign PCRs.
Basic Life Support *Taken annually*
CPR is a mandatory course to ride on the ambulance. You will learn how to perform CPR, rescue breaths, and use an AED. This is a 2-hour course that will be held usually once a month. Keep an eye on your email for details about the next upcoming class.
Respiratory Fit Testing
Respiratory fit testing is an annual test where we check our sizing of an N95 mask. These masks help protect us when a patient produces or the environment contains hazardous respiratory pathogens.
EMT or Driver?
The EMT class is offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer starting in September, February, and June respectively. It is a 6-month course in the fall and spring, every Monday and Wednesday or every Tuesday and Thursday. There are also select Saturdays or Sundays you will have to attend class. Classes are held in either Mahwah or Paramus.
When the class opens up the line will send out an email and will work with you to get you into the class. You will be able to see what days work best for you and what time each class starts. This is a tough class but there are many resources available to you to help you through it. We host a study group at the building once a week, email Chris Hurley for more information.
Driving the ambulances is a big task and a very important job. Without drivers, we literally would not be able to get the ambulance in service. Driver training is overseen by the Chief. In driver training, you will learn about the equipment on the rig, your role as a driver, our service area, on top of how to drive an ambulance. The length of driver training varies from person to person but takes a minimum of 2 months to complete. Send an email to the Chief to begin driver training.
Go to the "Uniform" tab under operations and the following:
Two Uniform Polos
One Uniform T Shirt
One RAC Hat (Optional)
Don't worry about payment, it's free!
In addition to these polos, you will need to buy navy blue EMT pants or BDUS and black boots, preferably with a steel or composite toe. Here are some links to some common ones.
New Member Training
Before and after you begin riding you will continue learning by taking in-house classes and completing core competencies. The in-house classes are mandatory courses covering the basics of the many things you will encounter in the field.
Core Competencies are benchmarks you must demonstrate while riding to show mastery in each competency.
You must complete all of these before becoming a fully cleared EMT or driver. See a line officer if you have questions about your status.
In House Courses
Safety and Documentation
(Must be Completed before your first call)
Lifting and Moving
Committees and Operations Teams
Operational teams assist the Operations office in their day to day responsibilities. Members are encouraged to join if interested. Email the Chief if you would like to inquire more.
Get On The Ambulance!
In order to ride in the ambulance, you must have completed BLS CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens, and the Safety and Documentation Course at a minimum. Once you have completed those talk to the Chief and sign up! Make sure to wear pants, closed-toe shoes, and a blue shirt if you do not have your full operational uniform yet.
As a past Chief once said,
"The worst thing you can do is not show up"
See you on the rig!