Tri-Community Ambulance 

Proudly serving the residents of the Bergholz, Pekin, Sanborn and St. Johnsburg Fire districts since 1956!

What does it take to be an Active Member...

  • A minimum of 12 hours of service per month
  • Current CPR/First Aid Course or Complete within 6 months
  • Drivers must be over 18 years of age and take EVOC course, and be certified by Driver Trainer FTO program.
  • If you live outside the Tri-Community Service area you will be required to stay at the hall.
  • If qualified to drive must take EVOC within 2 years and be in driver FTO training program.
  • Must be over 18 years old



EMS Training, Education, Certification & Field Clearance


In New York, the NYS Department of Health - Bureau of EMS governs EMS providers in terms of procedure, standard operating guidelines/protocols and educational requirements for certification.


Here is a listing of the time range for each level of care in New York:

       EMT-Basic:   150-190 hours of instruction
       AEMT:  150-250 hours of instruction
       Paramedic:  1000-1300 hours of instruction



During the program, students will complete classroom based lecture/learning as well as hands-on training.  Students are routinely tested with module exams and lab/hands-on testing which are graded by the instructor.  Students are expected to maintain an acceptable average in the course or be subject to removal from the program.  At the end of the training, students will be required to take a class final exam.  If the students maintain the minimum required class average and pass the class final exam, the students will be permitted to sit for the state final examinations which are in two parts:  practical examinations (hands-on scenario based stations with proctors) and the written examination.  If the students pass the classroom examinations, state practical and state written examinations, they will now be certified at their level of care in the State of New York.



Now what?

Once certification has been achieved, the students will report back to their home agency and begin their field training with a Field Training Officer (FTO).  This process is dictated by each agency and their respective Medical Director (a Medical Doctor).  This process will involve training on the agency ambulances, equipment, medications and procedures and lastly a series of calls to ensure proper handling and competency.  Once the FTO and Chief of Operations is confident in the newly certified member, the responder will be cleared to handle calls on their own.



As you can see, before responders are at your emergency there is a great deal of training, education, clinical experiences, examinations and field training each must complete. Being involved in EMS is a true calling and involves a tremendous amount of dedication.



Responders, whether career or volunteer, are held to the same standard state-wide.