EMT Students to Participate in Operation Rolling Chaos Training Exercise

On April 5th, Unitek EMT is hosting Operation Urban Rescue, one of the largest multi-agency, mass-casualty training simulations ever held in the Bay Area. This year’s scenario is a large-scale military and civilian response to a simulated domestic disturbance in Fremont, California.

Participants will respond to an armed insurgent threat, improvised explosive devices, hazardous materials, critical medical conditions, and a massive disaster scene. Operation Urban Rescue aims to prepare the community for a major disaster by facilitating collaboration between government and civilian emergency medical services.

In addition to training current EMTs, Operation Urban Rescue serves as a training exercise for Unitek EMT’s students. Before they graduate, EMT students are given the opportunity to respond to the needs of critically injured patients in the field. Students learn to assess, treat, and move live patients efficiently in a real-world setting. Our training exercises take students out of the classroom and put them in a controlled environment in order to best train the next generation of medical personnel.

Last year’s event, Operation Rolling Chaos, was a tremendous achievement. We had more than 400 participants, including 100 military personnel and 200 live patients. Operation Rolling Chaos used 25 vehicles to simulate the breaking of Anderson Dam, including 12 cars, 2 buses, 8 ambulances, 4 military Humvees, 3 military transport trucks, and 3 helicopter landings. Eric O’Neal, a Unitek EMT instructor who participated in the event, called Operation Rolling Chaos a success, adding that

the event was a dynamic test in both working knowledge and fortitude. My guys were truly put to the test in every sense of the word. Operation Rolling Chaos ended up being physically, emotionally and didactically challenging for some. However, everyone walked away sensing that they took part in a phenomenal exercise that made them a better provider.

Unitek EMT’s mass casualty training exercises allow government agencies and civilians to interact in a way that they wouldn’t usually—until a major disaster hits. They also allow EMT students the opportunity to practice their skills in real-life situations before they’re needed to respond to a real disaster.

For more information about Operation Rolling Chaos and our annual mass-casualty training exercises, visit mascaltraining.com. Unitek EMT’s 14-Day Boot Camp is an extraordinary program that prepares students for their NREMT over 2 weeks of intense training and real-life simulations. For more information about our 14-Day Boot Camp, click here.

EMT Boot Camp* Students Help a Patient in Need

Unitek EMT students help an elderly patient get her Kindle back.

Unitek EMT students help an elderly patient get her Kindle back.

When you think of Emergency Medical Services, you probably think of heart-pounding action, heroic rescues, and dramatic life or death situations. While these things definitely happen over the course of an EMT career, they are (hopefully) few and far between. Some of the most memorable moments in an EMT’s career are the quietest and calmest. Madeline, a student of Unitek EMT’s Boot Camp*, got to experience this before she even graduated and became a certified EMT.

While completing her hands-on training with a local ambulance company, she and her coworkers were called to a code one: non-urgent patient transport. The patient they were to care for turned out to be Mrs. Jones, a retired Rosie the Riveter, who now had no immediate family and was recently diagnosed with cancer. Madeline and her coworkers were to take Mrs. Jones to a near-by hospital for her first of many radiation treatments.

Madeline and Mrs. Jones got to talking during their drive. They started talking about what they like to do, and discovered they had a shared interest in reading. Mrs. Jones loved reading on her Kindle. It enabled her to read a new book almost every day, and experience things she could no longer do. She was hoping to use the Kindle as a distraction from her impending cancer treatment. Unfortunately, a few days prior, one of Mrs. Jones’ nurses dropped her Kindle in a bucket of sanitizing solution, rendering it completely useless.

Madeline had formed a bond with Mrs. Jones, a bond stronger than the typical EMT-patient relationship. After hearing about the recent events involving her Kindle, Madeline wanted to help. Mrs. Jones had no where to turn, and no one to turn to, so Madeline stepped up. In class the next day, Madeline shared Mrs. Jones’ story with her class. The entire class wanted to help, and everyone offered to pitch in so they could afford to purchase a Kindle. Inspired by their class going above and beyond the call of duty, the EMT Boot Camp* Instructors brought Mrs. Jones’ story to Unitek EMT management. Unitek EMT wanted to help too. The company bought Mrs. Jones a Kindle, and arranged for Madeline and an Instructor to deliver the Kindle to Mrs. Jones.

Mrs. Jones was ecstatic. She thought she would never read again. She thought her radiation treatment would be long and lonely. But thanks to Madeline’s support and Unitek EMT’s generosity, she once again had the power to immerse herself in new worlds. And Madeline, she is just happy to make a difference in the life of a patient, says she “had the best day ever.” As an EMT, she will have many great days ahead of her, as she continues to go above and beyond the call of duty to help her patients.

Baseball Coach Becomes EMT for the Sake of His Team

Head Softball Coach at Jefferson County Middle High School, Coach Brown, has been witness to his fair share of injuries on and off the field. After watching too many players suffer asthma attacks and broken bones, Coach Brown decided he could do something to help. He decided to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician. “I felt the need to upgrade my personal knowledge of onsite emergency medical care. Medical emergencies for my players could happen again during a practice, or a home game, or while traveling to and from games.”

Coach Brown didn’t have to become a certified EMT. But the compassion he felt towards his players, and his concern for their safety, drove him to do so. It is the same compassion that drives all EMTs – the desire to care for others in times of need. Friends say Brown has a “softspot” for the players he coaches. Brown agrees that he most definitely does.

Brown wanted to be well-versed in emergency medical care so he could help players in time of need – but not any type of first-aid training would do. “I decided to train as an EMT. However, my personal schedule and limited available time outside of softball made scheduling a long-term course much too difficult,” says Coach Brown. His solution: Unitek EMT Boot Camp*.

Coach Brown becomes an EMT EMT Boot Camp* at Unitek EMT fit his schedule perfectly. He flew to California for an intense boot camp* of hands-on EMT training, emergency drills, and classroom lectures. “The Boot Camp-style training conducted by Unitek EMT,” which compresses months of training into 14 non-stop days in boot camp*, Brown says, “taught everything that I would have learned in a long term course.”

Some of Brown’s classmates entered EMT Boot Camp* nervous about the 12 to 14 hour days – information overload or lack of sleep. “I can say without reservation that this did not happen,” says Brown. Instead, EMT Boot Camp* was 14 consecutive days of excitement, engagement, and all-things-EMT.

Coach Brown enjoyed every aspect of EMT Boot Camp*. From the course organization and leadership, to the curriculum, to the hands-on training. “The course content and organization was excellent. The individual instructors were all professionals in their field and as dynamic as you could ever want,” says Brown. “The curriculum was a mix of classroom and many outside practical exercises.”

He also very much enjoyed the hands-on EMT training he received in the form of ambulance ride-along training. “They were invaluable for my training and gave me a true and up close appreciation for the professional services that community EMS services provide.” Coach Brown saw exactly how diverse the Bay Area could be: Coach Brown rode along with Paramedics and EMTs at Advanced Life Support (ALS) Company in downtown San Francisco, an experience he will never forget. His team fielded calls “ranging from a French tourist fainting in a museum, to a death from cardiac arrest. In between, there was a motorcycle versus car crash, a stroke patient, a second cardiac emergency, and a severe bloody beating of an HIV-positive man.”

After graduating from Unitek EMT Boot Camp*, Brown says he “sees things in a different light.” He assesses situations, spotting potential dangers; and if something does happen, he feels confident in his ability to respond effectively.

Boot Camp* Graduate, and now certified EMT, Coach Brown embodies the Unitek motto of “going beyond the call of duty”. Coach Brown went beyond what was required of him as a coach, and made himself an invaluable asset to the Jefferson County community.

How to Choose an EMT Training Course in the Bay Area

So you have made the decision to become an EMT, and are now looking for the best EMT Training course in the Bay Area. The key to getting the best EMT training is choosing one that fits your schedule and your objectives. So the first challenge in becoming an EMT? Finding the right EMT training course for you. (Once you’re in class, you can tackle all those other EMT-related challenges). There are certain class criteria and certain personality traits, that, when aligned, create the best possible outcome for future EMTs. When choosing an EMT course, be sure to consider the following: course prerequisites, the length of the course, the caliber of the instructors, the level of real-world hands-on training versus time spent in the classroom, the graduation rate, and the careers that alumni of the course go into.

Pre-requisites All EMT Training pre-requisites require that candidates have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Course length How soon will start your EMT career? A few years? Six months? Two weeks? Course lengths vary, and your desired time frame depends on personal circumstances and current work situations, so choose what works best for you. Accelerated EMT courses or boot camps may be more intense, but they are more engaging and exciting, so keep that in mind.

Caliber of instructors Your instructors will be transferring their knowledge to you. You want to learn from the best, so you can be the best. Choose a course where the instructors are experienced and eager to share their knowledge.

Hands-on training Do you want to sit through EMT training in a classroom, falling asleep at a desk while trying to listen to a lecture? Or do you want EMT training that happens in real ambulances with state-of-the-art equipment, in the real world, with real life simulations, leaving you no option but to be prepared for the real deal once you start your career?

Graduation rate You want a course that prepares you to be a successful and effective Emergency Medical Technician. When comparing courses, ask the following: Did previous students get though the course successfully? How many passed the NREMT? And most importantly, did the course prepare those students to be the best in their field? Whether you’re looking at an EMT Refresher course or EMT Boot Camp – all EMT training should prepare students to pass all required tests and excel in the work force.

Alumni employment rate So you went through that grueling EMT training – the blood, sweat, and tears have dried. All that work shouldn’t be done in vain. What are you going to do after you pass the NREMT and obtain your EMT certification? A good indicator of opportunities for new graduates is the jobs that graduates of the course now have. Choose a course that not only prepares students for an exciting career, but assists them in procuring one in the first place. Career help is vital, and should be a major focus of any EMT Training.

Next Steps Once you have done due diligence on the programs you are interested in, a clear winner should emerge – one that fits your schedule, your learning style, and your career aspirations. Call our EMT admissions team and our admissions advisors will introduce you to our program, help you enroll, and work out all the other details of your training. Call 888-790-1458 to register for EMT training now!

Why California is a Great Place to get EMT Training

California is a great place for a host of reasons. Ask a Californian why California is the best state and the answers you get will be as varied and diverse as the state’s residents themselves. We have great weather year-round, sunny beaches, and snowy mountains. We have bustling cities and quiet stretches of farmland. Basically, we have it all. California has always been a vacation destination, but is has also become a mecca for people seeking top-tier EMT training. Located in the Bay Area, Unitek EMT offers an accelerated EMT training program that prepares students for EMT-B certification in two weeks.

Unitek EMT is located in Fremont, CA – and is basically in the center of the Bay Area. About a 20 minute drive from San Jose, 45 minutes on public transit to San Francisco, you can city-hop with relative ease during your stay here. If you are coming here for training and are from out of the area, you are in good company. Unitek EMT can make hotel and car arrangements for you. Unitek EMT goal is to make your trip to California as comfortable and stress-free as possible, so you can focus on your EMT training! Because you will need all the focus you can muster during this two week intensive boot camp. Accelerated EMT training is short compared to traditional EMT training – condensing six months of training into a short, intense two weeks. Training is 14 hours per day, for 14 days.

Just because training is intense, does not mean you won’t have time to make the most of your visit to California! There is plenty to do while you’re here. Attend sporting events, dine out at restaurants, get active outdoors, experience the nightlife, or explore museums – there is a lot to see and do in the Bay Area, so make a list of what most interests you. You’re classmates would probably love to join in on your itinerary.


Bay Area sports are huge these days! So many Bay Area teams did well last season, and everyone is getting pumped for upcoming sports seasons. The Bay Area is home to both the Oakland A’s and the World Series champions, San Francisco Giants. We also have The Oakland Raiders and the NFC champions the SF 49ers. Hockey and basketball are also big here. So if you are a sports fan, you will feel right at home in the Bay Area. Chances are there will be a game for you to attend with your classmates during your time at Unitek EMT.


14-hours a day of Elite EMT training will make anyone hungry. Unitek EMT provides lunch to all our boot camp students, and if you stay at a hotel via Unitek EMT’s accommodations, breakfast will also be provided. But I encourage you to use dinner time as a chance to explore the diversity of the Bay Area. The Bay Area is home to thousands of amazing restaurants. You will find every kind restaurant, of all types of ethnicities, at all different price ranges. Whether you choose a hole-in-the-wall or a five-star bistro, I promise you will not be disappointed in the options, nor will you try the same thing twice.

Explore the great outdoors

The Bay Area has tons of nature to explore. While you are in Fremont, try hiking up Mission Peak. It is a popular trail for locals, and for good reason – the views at the top are spectacular. There are hiking trails all over the Bay Area. If you’re not too tired after EMT training, grab some classmates and go exploring!

Next Steps

Call Unitek EMT’s admissions team or admissions advisors to receive an introduction on the course, enroll, and work out all the other details of your training. Call Unitek EMT at 888-790-1458 to register for your EMT Boot Camp in California now!