The Southern Alleghenies EMS Council is one of 16 regional councils in the state of Pennsylvania that offers courses for those individuals that wish to pursue a career as a paramedic. The council is a non-profit organization that offers both a paramedic program and continuing education courses for individuals that are currently certified in the EMS field. The agency is contracted through the Pennsylvania Department of Health to maintain and improve the EMS systems throughout the state.
The office for the council is located in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania at 123 Olde Farm Office Road. This is just off highway 22. Dell Delight Region Park is nearby.
The program offered through Southern Alleghenies is an eleven month course that includes 400 hours in the classroom, 400 hours clinical training, and 100 hours in the field as an intern. During the field internship students will learn how to give patient assessments, IV therapy, advanced airway management, EKG identification, defibrillation and pharmacology.
Classes are available for residents of Bedford, Cambria, Somerset, Blair, Fulton and Huntington counties.
Students that wish to enter the paramedic program must be at least 18 years old and have a current EMT certification. In addition, 18 hours of continuing education courses, with a minimum of nine of the hours being in a medical/trauma unit, must be attended.
If you would like more information about the program or would like to receive an application, you can call the department at (814)534-9844 or at (814)696-3200.