The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service has been responding to local medical emergencies since 1979. / Contributed photo

WESTPORT — An emergency medical technician training class, offered by the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service later this month, will help the medical corps fill ranks depleted by an interruption in training caused by the pandemic.

The training class, beginning Aug. 31, will take place at WVEMS headquarters, 50 Jesup Road. It is open to applicants ranging from high schoolers to retirees and prior experience is not necessary, according to an announcement by WVEMS officials.

Volunteers have answered emergency medical calls in Westport since 1979, but when in-person training had to be paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, it “led to a sharp decline in new volunteers joining the service — one of the lowest points in the organization’s recent history,” WVEMS officials said.

The course, taught by Westport paramedic and EMS instructor Rick Baumblatt, will utilize cutting-edge equipment and technologies, combined with the agency’s more than four decades of experience. 

The class will be comprehensive, encompassing basic to multi-system trauma care. Those who complete the course and testing successfully are eligible for state certification, which is required to serve with Westport EMS crews.

A full tuition reimbursement program is available to those who successfully complete the course in accordance with WVEMS bylaws.

For more information about the EMT training program or to register, contact the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service at 203-341-6081 or training@westportems.org.