Washington State Emergency Medical Service Courses

Our courses require 100% attendance in classroom, lab, and clinical rotation sessions and completion of assigned computer-based learning activities. These courses are offered in a hybrid format, combining face-to-face classroom instruction, practical skills labs, clinical skills rotations, and interactive computer based learning online.       

Aero Methow Rescue Service conducts an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Class and Emergency Medical Responder Class (EMR) as needed. The students pay the entire cost of the class initially and are reimbursed tuition cost if they actively volunteer with Aero Methow Rescue Service for one year and attend meetings and training. Cost varies based on class size.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)   48-60 hours

What is EMR?

EMR used to be known as First Responder. The classifications of Washington State Department of Health levels of emergency medical services training in order of hours of training and levels of responsibility are: EMR, EMT, AEMT (Advanced EMT) and Paramedic.

What does it cost?

Total cost will be determined at the time the class is scheduled.

When is the class?

Classes are scheduled based on our need and interest from the community.

Where is the class?

At the Aero Methow Rescue Training Facility in Twisp, see the "contact us" tab on the website for map

I am planning to be gone for some of the classes. Can I still take the class?

No.  All classes are mandatory.

What are the requirements to become certified with the State of Washington? 

  • Take a state approved class (Aero Methow Rescue Service EMS classes are state approved)

  • 17 years old

  • Official Photo Identification—driver’s license or passport

  • Provide proof of EMS agency association

  • Clear Washington State Patrol background check

  • Upon completion of the course, pass a computerized exam administered by Person Vue at designated exam sites.

Will I be eligible to volunteer with Aero Methow after I become certified?   

Yes, if you meet the requirements above, as an EMR you can attend to the patient on scene and in the back of the ambulance with an EMT or Paramedic. When you have successfully completed driver training with Aero Methow, you can also be responsible for driving and transporting the patient to the hospital.

How can I volunteer and what are the expectations?

The requirements are:

  • Be certified in the State of Washington at least at the level of Emergency Medical Responder

  • Have no lifting restrictions    

  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand English at a high school level

  • Be available for 12 hour "on call" shifts to respond to 911 calls, at least 4 times per month

  • Be within 5 minutes of any ambulance station while on call (either Twisp, Winthrop or Mazama). This means you either have to: live close to town, or if you work in town you would have to be able to leave work immediately, or you may spend your shift at the Twisp Station with the on call crew. if you choose to be on call at night and do not live within 5 minutes of any of the ambulance stations, you may stay at crew quarters in Twisp.

  • Be available to occasionally volunteer as part of a standby crew at special events (sporting events, rodeos, races, etc.)

  • Attend monthly meetings/training — the 3rd Monday of the month at Aero Methow Station in Twisp.

  • Complete driver training through Aero Methow Rescue Service (no additional charge)

  • Pass Washington State Patrol and Office of Inspector General background check

  • Submit a Washington State Motor Vehicle Report without significant violations 

  • Submit 3 references regarding your ability to work well with others, your reliability, dependability and ability to perform duties in stressful situations with minimal supervision

  • Be current on immunization and submit a negative TB test

Will Aero Methow pay for the class?  

The students pay for the cost of the textbook, training and testing the first night of class. If you volunteer with Aero Methow for one year (12 months – need not be consecutive) and fulfill the requirements as stated below, then Aero Methow will reimburse you for the cost of the class, less the cost of the text, workbook, AHA CPR card and Registry Fee.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer?    

Aero Methow Rescue Service makes every effort to minimize the cost to the volunteers.
  • We provide you with one uniform (if you are active we will provide an additional uniform), a radio, your vaccinations (Hepatitis B) and meals for transports that span the time of a regular meal.
  • We provide you the required training to maintain your certification.
  • Aero Methow Rescue also pays you for going on a call, standby aor rescue. This is a nominal amount that is far below minimum wage (so we can still call you a volunteer) but amazingly adds up throughout the year. This is paid once a year at the Christmas Party.
  • Aero Methow Rescue is a non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) - therefore all your travel expenses to the meetings/trainings and rescues and other related expenses are a charitable contribution.

Where do I find the 3 required online FEMA classes, and why do I need to complete them before I begin class?    

Basic knowledge of the incident command system and HAZMAT awareness are now standard requirements for all EMR and EMTs to obtain national certification.  The online courses can be found at the following sites:

ICS-100:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-100.b

IS-700:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-700.a

IS-5a:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-5.a


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)  190 hours

When will the next EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class be offered?

An EMT class will be offered if there is an interest for individuals who have previous medical experience, such as EMR certification, Certified Nursing Assistant or Wilderness First Responder.  This will help reduce the time and expense of an EMT class.  If you have been an active volunteer in good standing with Aero Methow Rescue Service and you plan to continue volunteering, the cost of the EMT class (less the text and testing fees) will be supported by Aero Methow.

What are the requirements?

By Washington State Law you must be 18 years of age on or before the first day of class, have a high school diploma or GED and be associated with an emergency services agency; law enforcement, fire or ambulance. There are some industries that support EMTs such as; the USFS, National Park Service and some private industries.

What if I am not associated with an agency?

You can take the class and successfully complete the class, although you can not be certified until you are associated with an agency.

How do I become associated with an agency?

If you meet the requirements you can volunteer with Aero Methow Rescue Service in the Methow Valley. If you are from outside of the Methow Valley contact your local Emergency Medical Service Provider.

What if I just want to take the class to be better prepared for an emergency?

The content of the EMT class is based on emergency care providers. If you are not associated with an agency there is a rapid degradation of knowledge and skills. The course content in a First Aid/CPR class will prepare you to perform in emergencies.

How long is the EMT class?

The class is 190 hours long plus 10 hours of observation time in the emergency room.

Do I have to attend all classes?


When do I pay for the class?

The class must be paid in full the first day of class. If an agency is paying your tuition and pays when you successfully complete the class, you must pay and then be reimbursed by your agency at completion. If you actively volunteer with Aero Methow Rescue for 1 year (12 months of which do not need to be consecutive) you will be reimbursed the price of the class less the price of the textbooks, CPR Card and testing fees.

When do I have to commit to taking the class?

3 weeks prior to the start of the class. The text books are ordered based on pre registration. The text books are distributed to students prior to the start of the class.

Where do I find the 3 required online FEMA classes, and why do I need to complete them before I begin class?     

Basic knowledge of the incident command system and HAZMAT awareness are now standard requirements for all EMR and EMTs to obtain national certification.  The online courses can be found at the following sites:

ICS-100:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-100.b

IS-700:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-700.a

IS-5a:  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-5.a