Students attending gap year Israel programs now have an opportunity to participate in Israel’s first officially recognized NREMT training program. NREMT, the "National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians," is the most recognized accreditation for medical first responders in the United States.
Shai Jaskoll who is the Director of International Relations for United Hatzalah and was one of the people who spearheaded the project said, “This course is the first of its kind in Israel. We aren’t just giving people basic level EMS training and throwing them on ambulances to volunteer. This program provides students with full level EMT-B training, hands on ambulance experience on our ambulances, and a possible career path when they return to the U.S. as they can take the NREMT exam either in Tel Aviv or back home and start working as an EMT pretty much anywhere in the country that they choose.”
Students wishing to participate in the course, will receive the entire NREMT training as per the guidelines of the U.S. non-profit that will qualify them to be licensed EMTs and first responders both in Israel and in the U.S. While both licenses are dependant on passing written and practical exams, the course will prepare the students for those exams and provide them with hands-on training on Israeli ambulances.
Students wishing to take the course, or program organizers wishing to offer the course for their students, can choose from attending classes at United Hatzalah’s headquarters in Jerusalem, or host an in-house course given by accredited instructors from United Hatzalah at their institution. Recognizing the sensitivities involved for many religious gap year programs, United Hatzalah is offering tailor made courses that are separate for men and women should the students or institutions be interested in those options. Mixed classes can also be made available if students or institutions prefer those.
“Our goal with this project is to enable students coming for their gap year to gain tangible training in how to save lives. We want to make it as user-friendly as possible for students as well as institutions, from the entire spectrum of religious observance, to participate in this new program. We have excellent teachers, both men, and women, who are excited about the prospect of training a new generation of EMTs. The course is a serious commitment and is a lot of hard work. It involves 200 hours of in course training supplemented by hands-on training afterward. The profession isn’t easy, and it isn’t for everyone. For those who are interested, we want to make it as easy as possible for them to succeed, that is why we have opened this new program, and that is why we can tailor the classes to fit the needs of those who wish to participate,” Jaskoll concluded.