EMT Boot Camp Survivor – Zion

As an Emergency Medical Technician, you will help ease the suffering of others. While EMTs often save lives and generally better the community, they are largely responsible for helping others in ways you might not realize. EMTs don’t always know what kind of scene awaits them when they answer a call. One thing is certain: in any situation, they have the ability to make a real difference.

At Unitek EMT, we train our students using a proven, intensive curriculum. Above all else, we want to prepare our students for real-world scenarios. In the spirit of well-rounded preparation, we decided to create a video series that follows some students in our 14-Day Boot Camp. Zion is one such student, and this is his story.

Boot Camp Training

On the first day of Boot Camp, we catch glimpses of Zion participating in class, practicing CPR compressions, and ventilating mock-patients. The view pans toward his instructors and classmates as they engage in both active and conceptual learning.

“Currently, I work for the police service in Bermuda. I am also a medical first responder and a team leader for a volunteer ambulance service on the island,” Zion tells us. “One of my life goals is to become a paramedic, and one of my career goals is to become a tactical medic. So this is one of the first steps.” Zion smiles before he continues, looking thoughtfully at the camera. “To see the seriousness of the instructors and some of the other classmates is pretty cool.”

The sixth day begins with various shots of EMT training simulations, in which some of Zion’s classmates play the role of “victim” while others practice treating them. In one frame, we see several students attempting to stabilize and correctly lift a victim. While Zion narrates, the view intermittently transitions to his classmates. In a different shot, a victim has their head wound assessed. Another shot focuses on an EMT student as they listen to their victim’s heartbeat.

“Applying those skills that we’re learning straight into the scenarios is helping them stick in my head,” Zion tells us in a different location. “I’m excited about Trauma Sunday.* I’m hearing a lot of stories, seeing a lot of pictures about it. Just wondering what tricks they have up their sleeves this year.”

On the tenth day of the Boot Camp, we watch a group of EMT students move a gurney. We also see students surrounding an overturned vehicle. The next shot depicts a whiteboard with all kinds of notes on it, ones that largely have to do with topics like “Allergies” and “Medications.” As the lectures are spliced with footage of simulation training, it becomes apparent that Unitek EMT firmly believes in a very dynamic approach.

Zion stops to discuss the past few days with us. “On Trauma Sunday,* we had a series of mass casualty scenarios. It just so happens that for the first incident I was the incident commander,” Zion tells us. “So that was a stressful yet fun role. At this point, we’re now transitioning into prep for the National Registry.”

The final day features footage of students prepping for the NREMT exam. The camera pans toward several tools, kits, and medical mannequins. Closing shots focus on EMT hands performing various EMS acts while Zion narrates.

“I would definitely recommend this program to anybody,” Zion says. “This is hands down the best program in the world because they do prepare you here for the real-world scenarios and not just to take the test.”

“And if you do come here, you have to have the attitude that you are going to be elite, because this is really where the elite do come to train. It’s a very serious, and very rigorous training that we go through here. And I think, in the end, you’ll be proud.”

About the EMT Program

Unitek’s EMT program is divided into two sections: approximately 50 hours of online coursework and a 14-Day Boot Camp. The online component includes content related to incident management. Additionally, our dynamic approach includes a comprehensive, workshop-style Boot Camp. Taught by seasoned EMS professionals, the program equips students with the knowledge and psychomotor skills they’ll need to succeed.

If you’re interested in our EMT school, it’s important to review the enrollment requirements. They primarily include the below:

+ Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider Certification (AHA BLS CPR) – Available at Unitek or at an AHA CPR training center near you.

+ High School Diploma, GED, or official transcript.

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* This event, formally known as “Trauma Sunday,” is now held on Saturdays.