T raining at our EMS Academy at Fort Totten in Queens is challenging, but very rewarding and academics will be an integral part of your day as a Proby. During your training, you will be required to pass written and practical examinations and your fine motor skills will be tested every day. All Probys should be mentally prepared for the split-second decisions that are needed when someone’s life is on the line.
To assist you in getting prepared, the FDNY EMS Academy Staff recommends the following:
• Begin to develop healthy sleeping, eating and relaxation habits.
• Invest in a high school level reading comprehension book because it will help you with all of the required reading.
• If you have an EMT textbook from a previous class, read it again.
• Advise family and friends that you will need 100 percent support as you will be expected to study about two hours per night, so any help is greatly appreciated.
• Start to consider alternate child care and/or family care to facilitate your ability to participate in both in-class and after class study groups.
• Remember that the EMS Academy staff is always willing to help facilitate your success, but you will have to work hard for it and it is important to free up any obstacles that may prevent you from meeting your goals.
• While you’re waiting for your list number to be called for the Academy, don’t forget to utilize our Candidate Resources section, which includes medical terminology reviews and quizzes.