Dispatchers are responsible for answering emergency and non-emergency calls from the public. Candidates must possess good communication skills, the ability to multitask effectively, and remain calm under pressure. Prior experience and an EMT certification is preferred, but not required.
(EMT-B thru EMT-P/Lic. P)
EMTs are responsible for staffing emergency response units and for responding to emergency calls from the public. A current Texas Department of State Health Services certification is required at the EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, or EMT-Paramedic/Licensed Paramedic level.
EMS is divided into two divisions, Standby EMTs and Ambulance Attendants.
Standby EMTs work at different public events around campus–from sporting venues, to fun runs, to Silver Taps. Wherever there is a mass student gathering, there usually is an EMT. They are the first line of care in an emergency and may have to manage the patient alone until help arrives.
Attendant EMTs help operate the ambulance and assist the paramedic. Often they have to learn the basics of advance procedures so that they may assist paramedics during critical interventions.
EMT applications will not be considered without a Texas certification.
EMT Certification Information
There are many ways to obtain your EMT certification. Locally, TEEX and Blinn College offer certification classes. Online certification programs are available, as well as several EMT levels. However, each person must begin at the EMT-Basic level.
Generally, EMT-Basic classes last approximately 5 months and require roughly 8 hours per week of classroom instruction. Clinical rotations must also be completed prior to certification. The clinical rotation schedule varies between educational institutions.
For detailed information, visit the Department of State Health Service’s website.
911 Dispatcher Certification Information
There are two primary certifications for 911 dispatcher:
- Telecommunicator – State of Texas certification course
- Emergency Medical Dispatcher – Third-party certification course through International Academies of Emergency Dispatch