EMTs Train at Operation Urban Rescue

On April 5th, Unitek Education hosted Operation Urban Rescue, a mass-casualty simulation, aiming to prepare emergency medical services for future disasters while also training EMTs. By incorporating military, civilian, and student emergency medical services into one training event, Operation Urban Rescue aimed to prepare the community to best respond to disasters in the future.

Helicopter Transfer

Unitek Education EMTs transport a patient during Operation Urban Rescue. (Photo taken by James Sakane, 2014)

To mimic the response required for a large catastrophe, Operation Urban Rescue featured a huge disaster area, two scenario hospitals, an active ambulance circuit, dynamic extraction lanes, and a dedicated helicopter landing zone. More than 600 people participated in Operation Urban Rescue, including 32 government agencies, 264 volunteer patients, 40 medical instructors, and 245 military personnel. Participants responded to an armed insurgent threat, improvised explosive devices, hazardous materials, critical medical conditions, and a massive disaster scene.

Operation Urban Rescue served as a training exercise for Unitek Education’s EMT students, who gained first-hand knowledge about treating critical injuries in a disaster setting. Students had the chance to work alongside instructors and military and civilian personnel to treat simulated injuries in the field. They also had the opportunity to transport patients to helicopters for transport. Intensive training events like Operation Urban Rescue help students to become the elite EMTs that go on to serve our community.

Operation Urban Rescue was a huge success for everyone involved. The Mas-Cal Training exercise provided a unique opportunity for EMTs to train alongside military and civilian personnel in the field. Operation Urban Rescue demonstrates that practicing life-saving techniques can only help to reduce loss of life from future disasters.

For more information about Operation Urban Rescue, please visit mascaltraining.com

For more information about Unitek Education’s 14 Day On-Ground Training, please visit unitekeducation.com/emt-training/

Looking for EMT Training in the Bay Area?

So you have made the decision to become an EMT, and are now looking for the best EMT training 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 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 courses or bootcamps may be more intense, but they are more engaging and exciting, so keep that in mind. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to stay motivated through a long, drawn-out course, and easy to forget why you started it in the first place.

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? What is the drop-out rate? And more importantly, did the course prepare those students to be the best in their field? Remember, all EMT training should prepare students to pass all required tests and excel in the work force.

Alumni jobs So you went through that grueling EMT training – the blood, sweat, and tears have dried. All that work shouldn’t be for naught. What are you going to do after you pass those EMT exams? Going back to your desk job certainly isn’t what you were gunning for.  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.

EMT training in the Bay Area

EMT training in the Bay Area

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. Take the first step to become an EMT. Call our EMT admissions team and our admissions advisers will introduce you to our 14 Day On-Ground Training, help you enroll, and work out all the other details of your training. Call 888-790-1458 to register for EMT training now!

How to Become an EMT

A career in the EMS field is both exciting and challenging. But how does one get their foot in the door? In such a tight economy, it can be difficult to find a job. There aren’t as many openings as there once was, and there are more applicants than ever. Luckily, EMTs and Paramedics are always in demand, and their skill and talent cannot be outsourced. The job market is still tough in any field, but there are steps you can take to set yourself apart from other EMT job applicants. Two of the most important things you can do are to volunteer, and stay current with continuing EMT training.

Seek out as many EMT volunteer opportunities as you can. Volunteering not only bolsters your resume and makes you attractive to prospective employers, it also enhances your EMT skills because it gives you the chance to put your EMT skills to practice. Getting hands-on EMT experience is key. Employers want to hire EMTs who know what they are doing because they have done it before. A perfect EMT volunteer opportunity is Unitek Education’s Trauma Sunday. The only EMT training event of its kind in the Bay Area, Trauma Sunday is an integral part of 14 Day On-Ground Training at Unitek Education, and is also open to the public. People interested in entering the Emergency Medical Services Field are encouraged to watch Unitek Education EMT students in action. Spectators get to experience a real emergency response and air rescue simulation.

How to Become an EMT? EMT Training.

EMT Training is an essential component of becoming an EMT

Stay on top of your continuing EMT education. EMTs and Paramedics must recertify their NREMT every two years. Your National EMS Certification is one of the most important EMT certification you can obtain. Holding your EMT certification demonstrates that you meet the national standards of the EMS training for the EMS profession.

Start volunteering as an EMT (if you haven’t already) and continue learning everything related to the EMT field to set yourself up for success in an EMT career.

EMT Students Go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

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 and Abel, students of Unitek Education’s 14 Day On-Ground Training, got to experience this before they finished the NREMT and started their EMT careers. While completing hands-on training with a local ambulance company, a component of 14 Day On-Ground Training, classmates Madeline and Abel responded to a code one: non-urgent patient transport. They were tasked with caring for Ms. Jones, a retired Rosie the Riveter, who now has little immediate family and was recently diagnosed with cancer. Madeline and Abel were to take Ms. Jones to a near-by hospital for her first of many radiation treatments.

Madeline and Ms. 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. Ms. 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 Ms. Jones’ nurses dropped her Kindle in a bucket of sanitizing solution, rendering it completely useless.

EMT - Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

EMT Boot Camp – Students go above and beyond the call of duty

Madeline had formed a bond with Ms. Jones, a bond stronger than the typical EMT-patient relationship. After hearing about the recent events involving her Kindle, Madeline wanted to help. Ms. Jones had nowhere to turn, and no one to turn to, so Madeline was determined to help in any way she could. Students reconvened at the Unitek Education campus the next day, where Madeline shared Ms. Jones’ story with her class. The entire class, touched by the story, wanted to help. Everyone offered to pitch in to purchase a new Kindle. Inspired by his class going above and beyond the call of duty, lead instructor Eric O’Neal brought Ms. Jones’ story to Unitek Education’s  management. Impressed with the students initiative and drive, Unitek Education’s upper management voted to help as well. Unitek Education bought a Kindle and arranged for Madeline and Abel to hand deliver it to Ms. Jones as a surprise.

Ms. Jones was ecstatic and completely taken aback. With her failing eyesight preventing her from enjoying regular print books, she had feared she would never read again. Thanks to Madeline and Abel’s support and Unitek Educaiton’s generosity, she once again had the power to immerse herself in the digital pages of her Kindle. Seeing the relief and joy spread across Ms. Jones face reaffirmed everything Madeline, Abel, and all their classmates had worked toward. Madeline had a lot so say about her experience with Ms. Jones but ended with a simple statement , “I had the best day ever!” As an EMT, she will have many great experiences ahead of her, but she will never forget Mrs. Jones, 14 Day On-Ground Training, and the day she went above and beyond the call of duty as an EMT student at Unitek Education.


About Unitek Education

Unitek Education is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek Education’s instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training that covers all major aspects of emergency medical services. Call us at (888) 790-1458 or visit us at www.unitekeducation.com/emt-training/

Trauma Sunday – Open to the Public

Trauma Sunday is a core component of Unitek Education’s 14 Day On-Ground Training. During the drill, students practice what they have been studying: they respond to emergency calls and provide on-scene care for victims. Trauma Sunday is unique to Unitek Education, and is the only event of it’s kind in the Bay Area. Trauma Sunday is usually held in conjunction with other Emergency Medical Service personnel. California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) often participates in Trauma Sunday, bringing in aircraft and flight crew so that students can experience air rescue simulation.

Mock trauma rescue operations provide the vital experience students need to perform successfully in real life rescue operations. Students gain the needed confidence in their abilities to perform when faced with real-life emergencies, as an EMT’s level of preparedness may mean life-or-death.

Students practice victim transport

Students practice victim transport on a volunteer.

Trauma Sunday is not just for 14 Day On-Ground Training purposes. Spectators are welcome. It is an exercise that helps familiarize the local community with disaster response protocol. The public should be aware of how disaster teams mitigate emergencies, should they ever experience an emergency themselves. Trauma Sunday is also a good way for prospective EMT students to see if Unitek Education’s 14 Day On-Ground Training, and an EMT career, are a good fit. Prospective students are welcome to watch, and encouraged to join in on the simulation.

Unitek Education will be hosting an open Trauma Sunday on August 11, 2013. The event is is your chance to participate in emergency response and air rescue simulation. Come experience it for yourself, and see if you have what it takes to be an EMT. Even if you’re not ready to get involved, you are invited to watch the action first-hand.

Participants are encouraged to RSVP to the Trauma Sunday Facebook event.

14 Day On-Ground Training Survivor Tells His Story

14 Day On-Ground Training isn’t for the weak of heart. Or mind. Students enter 14 Day On-Ground Training with little to no EMT skills, and leave as highly trained medical responders, ready to take the NREMT and begin their EMT careers.

Get a first hand look into the action: watch Zion, a 14 Day On-Ground Training survivor, tell his story. Zion traveled to Unitek Education’s 14 Day On-Ground Training from Bermuda. He is already a first responder and volunteer EMT in Bermuda. He traveled all the way to Fremont, California, for further training, because Unitek Education offers “the best course in the world,” according to Zion. Zion has never received training quite like the training he got at Unitek Education’s 14 Day On-Ground Training. Not only were the instructors’ lessons informational and engaging, but every subject taught in the classroom was also practiced on the field. Zion got hands-on experience in all subject matter. From removing someone from an accident, to tourniqueting arms, to proper IV maintenance, Zion and his peers in 14 Day On-Ground Training practiced it all.

Zion is planning to fly back to Bermuda, and use his newly acquired and sharp EMT skills to further his ultimate goal of becoming a Paramedic. Follow Zion’s 14 Day On-Ground Training journey on YouTube here.

Intense Footage from 14 Day On-Ground Training

Get in on the action! Watch what really happens.

Unitek Education just released footage from their intense 14 Day On-Ground Training. This course is definitely not for the weak of heart. Get in on the action by watching the video above.

Who should consider an EMT career?

If you are considering a career in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), you have come to the right place. This post will explore the pros and cons of EMS. The Emergency Medical Services field is growing rapidly right now. It is an exciting time to be a part of it. But even on a personal, day-to-day level, EMS is an exciting career field. EMS professionals provide care to patients in their most urgent time of need. Providing this type of urgent and immediate care is very rewarding. People in the EMS field do have routine work as well, but it is often minimal. The exciting part is being dispatched on a call, because no one ever really knows what to expect. If you are looking for a dynamic workplace, an avenue in which to serve the community at large, and are both physically and mentally fit, a career in EMS may be perfect for you.

Dynamic workplace – The EMS field is one of the most dynamic workplaces there is. Every call is different. Every scene is new. Every patient is unique. As an EMT, you will never be bored at work because work is never the same from day to day. A career in the EMS field is truly dynamic.

EMS careers are dynamic

EMTs can have dynamic and rewarding careers.

Service to the community – Being in the EMS is being in service to the community. Everyone calls 911 during an emergency; Everyone calls you. As an EMT you have the duty to serve them to the best of your ability. Many EMTs say this is the most rewarding aspect of their career. EMTs live and breathe to serve others, and get paid for it. Service is of the upmost importance in the EMS field.

Physical and mental fitness – Working in EMS is by no means a desk job – you are constantly on the go, and because of this, physical fitness is paramount to stellar job performance. Mental health is also extremely important. More often than not, you will be meeting people in great distress. You will have to remain calm yourself, in order to help your patients calm down. You will also be called to some horrific scenes. It is hard for anyone to witness tragedy, but EMS personnel are faced with it more than most, and have to cope with it in healthy and productive ways.

In conclusion, a career in the Emergency Medical Services can be a rewarding life’s work. There are many fields to go into once entering the EMS: ambulance personnel, Fire or Police Departments, the military, hospitals that offer EMS care, the possibilities are limitless. After you complete your EMT training, you can decide where you want to take it and what you want to do. According to research by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMS providers are some of the happiest people in their jobs (NREMT, 4/2013 https://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/becomeInvolvedInEMS.asp). Going into the EMS field is both an accomplishment and a promise. It is an accomplishment because EMS testing and regulations require dedication on the part of the student. It is a promise because people in the EMS are the first responders to emergencies, and being in the EMS is a promise to society that you will be there for them in a time of need.

Next Steps – If serving the community in a dynamic and ever-changing workplace sounds compelling, a career in the EMS field would probably be a good fit for you. Unitek Education is a premier provider of accelerated EMT training. Learn more about what it takes to be an EMT: call 888-790-1458 for information or to register for 14 Day On-Ground Training.


About Unitek Education

Unitek Education is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek Education’s instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training that covers all major aspects of emergency medical services.

4670 Automall Parkway

Fremont, CA 94538


Ten Ways to be a Better EMT

In all areas of life, there is always room for improvement. Take a moment to reflect on your work life to find where improvements could be made. I thought about it this past week, and have written the following tips that will positively impact your life and work as an EMT.

1. Learn every patient’s name, Then use it. Asking your patients’ name should be the first step in every assessment: take your patients’ wrist, and ask, “What is your name?” Their answer will help you assess airway, circulation, major cranial nerves, and breathing. Now, remember their name. During your time with them, use it. This will make your patient much more comfortable and confident in your abilities as an EMT – drastically improving your patient rapport.

2. Leave the rig better than you got it. Next time you start your shift, open up the back doors of the rig and just examine it. Is it messy, organized, accessible, a nightmare? Whatever state you find it in, do something that will leave it better for the next crew. You can do something simple – wipe down the cabinet doors, for example. Or go a little further – do an inventory of the jump kit, or set up the pram for the next guys. It doesn’t have to be perfect (it never will be), just better than it was. You will feel better, the next crew will feel better, and who knows, maybe you will start a positive snowball effect of rig-perfecting.

3. Learn from your peers. Everyone you meet has something to teach you. In terms of your peers, you could learn valuable career-related insights. Engage with your coworkers, find topics they enjoy talking about, and dive in. People love to talk about things they love – use this to your advantage and let them teach you.

4. Care about your patient. Often times in the rush of things, we drop our patient off at the ER and get back to whatever had our attention before we got the call. “I wasn’t finished reading that post on EMTCourse.com!” I know, happens to me all the time. But I encourage you to get into the habit of staying around the ER after dropping off your patient, time allowing. Staying around the ER will only improve your future performance as an EMT. Use it as an opportunity to learn, ask the doctors what they think is happening and if there was something you could have done differently to improve patient outcome. They may not always be right, but their input is definitely worthy of consideration.

5. Be the kind of partner you would want to have. Everyone clamors for the best partner. Having a good partner not only makes your job easier, it makes it so much more enjoyable. So if you wa

Become a better EMT.

Become a better EMT

nt the best partner, be the partner that everyone else wants. The process is simple: take out a piece of paper, write down all the qualities you would want in a partner, and then strive to embody those qualities.

6. Master medication. There are so many medications, mastering a working knowledge of all of them and their interactions would be near impossible, but make an effort to understand each new medication you encounter while on call. Don’t recognize it? Write it down, and after your shift, look it up. Keep this up, and by the end of the year, you knowledge of medications and potential interactions will be vastly improved, allowing you to perform your job better.

7. Research. If you are serious about working in the medical field, you must know that technology and medicine are constantly improving. Many of the practices and equipment you are using now will be completely obsolete in a few years, so pay attention. Stay up to date on the latest research and do your leg work. Being an EMT means committing to a lifetime of learning.

8. Stop eating junk food. As an EMT, your job is literally to protect and preserve the health of others. So why are you neglecting your own? I know you work in an ambulance and you are constantly rushed, but make a conscious effort to eat healthier. Bring an apple and skip the drive-through. You will be more energetic and better able to care for your patients. Being out of shape is not only a disservice to yourself, it is a disservice to your patients.

9. Perfect the full head-to-toe assessment. Yes, this can and should be perfected. A smooth and, more importantly, thorough, assessment is vital in giving the best patient care. Skimping out on certain parts can have disastrous results. Detailed head-to-toes can have life-saving results. They are one of the most important things you can do for your patients. So do them, and do them well.

10. Claim your contribution. We can enter the EMS field and suddenly be overwhelmed with an uncertainty we’ve never felt before. “Can I actually do this job?” “Do I know enough to actually help this patient, and not harm them?” These are valid concerns, and the stress shows you care. But don’t let it debilitate you. Know that you can do this job. You were certified for a reason. You were hired for a reason. Ask yourself instead, “How can I contribute?” or “What is unique about my skillset that I can contribute to the team and to my patients?” Seriously, ask yourself. You may be surprised that the answer will probably come immediately. Jump on that, act on it, and contribute the world of EMS in a way that only you can.I hope you find these tips as useful as I have. If you practice them with consistency, I have no doubt you will see major improvements in both your job satisfaction and performance as an Emergency Medical Technician.

About Unitek Education

Unitek Education is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek Education’s instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training the covers all major aspects of emergency medical services.

4670 Automall Parkway

Fremont, CA 94538


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 Education offers 14 Day On-Ground Training that prepares students for EMT-B certification.

Unitek Education 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.

California EMT

California EMTs can have dynamic careers.

If you are coming here for training and are from out of the area, you are in good company. Unitek Education can make hotel and car arrangements for you.  Unitek Education’s 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 14 Day On-Ground Training.

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 Education.


Elite EMT training will make anyone hungry. Unitek Education provides lunch to all our boot camp students, and if you stay at a hotel via Unitek Education’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 Education’s EMT 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 Education at 888-790-1458 to register for 14 Day On-Ground Training now!


About Unitek Education

Unitek Education is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek Education’s instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training the covers all major aspects of emergency medical services.


4670 Automall Parkway

Fremont, CA 94538