Yucca Fire Department

Serving since 1962

Emergency Medical Responder

Course Syllabus


Instructors: Chief Jenkins, Assistant Chief Schmidt, Captain Lambertson, Captain Young, Engineer Kudrna


Instructor Office Hours and Location: One half hour before and after class or by appointment.


Course Meeting Days and Times: Saturday 9am – 5pm September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


Course Location: Yucca Fire District Station 1 – 12349 S. Frontage Road Yucca AZ 86438


Course Description: The Emergency Medical Responder course prepares the EMR student to provide prehospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMRs, Anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, and special considerations for working in the prehospital setting.


Teaching-Learning Methods: Teaching-learning methods in this course may include, but are not limited to, assigned readings, presentations, discussion, critical thinking exercises, labs, and class activities. Evaluation procedures include online quizzes, written examinations, and assignments.


Course Objectives: At the completion of this program you should be able to:

  1. Describe the roles of EMS in the health care system.
  2. Demonstrate the professional attributes expected of EMRs.
  3. Perform the roles and responsibilities of an EMR with regard to personal safety and wellness, as well as the safety of others.
  4. Perform the duties of an EMR with regard for medical-legal and ethical issues, including functioning under medical direction and within the scope of practice.
  5. Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, life-span development, and therapeutic communications to the assessment and management of patients.
  6. Identify the need for and perform immediately life-saving interventions to manage a patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation.
  7. Assess and manage patients of all ages with a variety of complaints, medical conditions and traumatic injuries.
  8. Apply principles of emergency medical services operations, considerations, multiple casualty incidents, gaining access to and extricating patients, hazardous materials incidents, and responding to situations involving weapons of mass destruction.


Course Textbook: AAOS Orange Book Series Emergency Medical Responder Fifth Edition


Course Workbook: AAOS Orange Book Series Emergency Medical Responder Fifth Edition


Course Completion Requirements: Successful completion of this course requires adherence to course policies, maintaining a course average of 70 %, a minimum score of 70% on the course final examination, and successfully demonstrating all required skills. In order to be eligible to take the Course Final Exam all course requirements must be completed and tuition must be paid in full.


Course Attendance Policy: Student attendance is required at all scheduled classes, including lab sessions. Students may be dropped from the course for excessive absences of any kind. The Yucca Fire District Training Center mandates that students be present in class 90% of the scheduled class hours. Excused absences may be granted by the course instructor for extenuating circumstances. If 2 or more absences occur for any reason, the status of the student will be reviewed by the faculty to determine a disposition. Course failure is likely under these circumstances. If a student misses any class, he/she is responsible for any missed quizzes, examinations, and material covered in that class session. Prompt arrival is expected at all class activities. It is the student’s responsibility to sign in on the attendance roster. Three tardy and/or leaving early three times will be counted as one unexcused absence; these may be combined, for example, one tardy and leaving early two times will count as one unexcused absence.


Clinical Rotation: Each student will be required to participate in a 12-hour ride-along with the Yucca Fire District. During this time, you will be working hand-in-hand with on-duty personnel. Clinical Rotations will be from 8am – 8pm. You may with the duty Captains permission do a 24-hour ride-along.


Tests, Mid-Terms and Final Exam: You will have one test per week. Each test will be 50 questions and worth 100 points of your grade. Your Mid-Term Exam will be 100 questions and worth 500 points of your grade. Your Final Exam will be 150 questions and is worth 500 points of your grade.


Comportment: Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the professional expectations for EMRs at all times. Students are reminded that they are representatives of the Yucca Fire District EMS Training Center whenever and wherever they are involved with course-related activities. Professional conduct is essential to a successful course experience and EMS career.


Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated and is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program and other administrative action by the Program. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  1. Cheating in any form
  2. Falsification or forgery of academic documents, applications, clinical evaluations, lab evaluations, etc.
  3. Plagiarism (including copying and pasting of electronic text into assigned work)


Course Grading and Grading Scale:

Workbook: Worth 100 Points

Tests: Worth 100 Points Each

Mid-Term: Worth 500 Points

Final Exam: Worth 500 Points

Skills Exams: Worth 50 Points Each (All Skills Exams must be passed to pass the course)


Grading Scale:

90 to 100% A

80 to 89% B

70 to 79% C

60 to 69% D

Below 60% F


This syllabus is subject to change or revision in order to meet the needs of the class. All students are expected to read and follow the guidelines in this document. Any student not understanding the requirements is expected to ask the instructor for clarification.


Welcome Aboard - Enjoy Your Class.

You will get out of it what


put into it.











Saturday September 24, 2016


  1. Chapter 1 – EMS Systems
  2. Chapter 2 – Workforce Safety and Wellness
    1. Skill Drill 2-1 Proper Removal of Medical Gloves
  3. Chapter 3 – Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues
  4. Chapter 4 – Communications and Documentation
  5. Chapter 5 – The Human Body


Saturday October 1, 2016

TEST: Test One Chapters 1 - 5


  1. Chapter 6 – Airway Management
    1. Skill Drill 6-1 Clearing the Airway Using Finger Sweeps
    2. Skill Drill 6-2 Inserting an Oral Airway
    3. Skill Drill 6-3 Inserting a Nasal Airway
    4. Skill Drill 6-4 Performing Mouth-to-Mask Rescue Breathing
    5. Skill Drill 6-5 Performing Mouth-to-Barrier Rescue Breathing
    6. Skill Drill 6-6 Using a Bag-Mask Device with One Rescuer
    7. Skill Drill 6-7 Performing Infant Rescue Breathing
    8. Skill Drill 6-8 Managing Airway Obstruction in a Conscious Patient
    9. Skill Drill 6-9 Performing Cricoid Pressure
  2. Chapter 7 – Professional Rescuer CPR
    1. Skill Drill 7-1 Performing Adult Chest Compressions
    2. Skill Drill 7-2 Performing One-Rescuer Adult CPR
    3. Skill Drill 7-3 Performing Two-Rescuer Adult CPR
    4. Skill Drill 7-4 Performing One-Rescuer Infant CPR
    5. Skill Drill 7-5 Procedure for Automated External Defibrillation





Saturday October 8, 2016

TEST: Test Two Chapters 1-7

          Patient Assessment & Medical

  1. Chapter 8 – Patient Assessment
    1. Skill Drill 8-1 Performing a Secondary Assessment
  2. Chapter 9 – Medical Emergencies
  3. Chapter 10 – Poisoning and Substance Abuse
  4. Chapter 11 – Behavioral Emergencies
  5. Chapter 12 – Environmental Emergencies


Saturday October 15, 2016

MID-TERM – Mid-Term Chapters 1 - 12

          Trauma and Special Patient Populations

  1. Chapter 13 – Bleeding, Shock and Soft-Tissue Injuries
    1. Skill Drill 13-1 Controlling Bleeding with a Tourniquet
  2. Chapter 14 – Injuries to Muscles and Bones
    1. Skill Drill 14-1 Checking Circulation, Sensation, and Movement
    2. in an Injured Extremity
    3. Skill Drill 14-2 Applying a SAM Splint
    4. Skill Drill 14-3 Applying a Zippered Air Splint
    5. Skill Drill 14-4 Applying a Traction Splint
    6. Skill Drill 14-5 Applying an Air Splint to the Leg
    7. Skill Drill 14-6 Applying a Pillow Splint for Ankle or Foot Injury
    8. Skill Drill 14-7 Stabilizing the Cervical Spine and Maintaining an Open Airway
    9. Skill Drill 14-8 Removing the Mask on a Sports Helmet
    10. Skill Drill 14-9 Removing a Helmet
  3. Chapter 15 – Childbirth
    1. Skill Drill 15-1 Putting on Sterile Gloves
    2. Skill Drill 15-2 Resuscitating a Newborn
  4. Chapter 16 – Pediatric Emergencies
    1. Skill Drill 16-1 Inserting an Oral Airway in a Child
  5. Chapter 17 – Geriatric Emergencies



Saturday October 22, 2016

TEST – Test Three Chapters 1 - 17

          EMS Operations

  1. Chapter 18 – Lifting and Moving Patients
    1. Skill Drill 18-1 Direct Ground Lift
    2. Skill Drill 18-2 Applying a Short Backboard Device
    3. Skill Drill 18-3 Four-Person Log Roll
    4. Skill Drill 18-4 Preparing a Blanket Roll
    5. Skill Drill 18-5 Applying the Blanket Roll to Stabilize the Patient’s Head and Neck
  2. Chapter 19 – Transport Operations
  3. Chapter 20 – Vehicle Extrication and Special Rescue
    1. Skill Drill 20-1 Accessing the Vehicle Through the Window
    2. Skill Drill 20-2 Airway Management in a Vehicle
    3. Skill Drill 20-3 Turning a Patient in the Water
  4. Chapter 21 – Incident Management


Saturday October 29, 2016

          Final Exam and Skill Stations

  1. BVM Ventilation of an Apneic Patient
  2. Cardiac Arrest Management/AED
  3. Patient Assessment/Management – Medical
  4. Oxygen Administration by Non-Rebreather Mask
  5. Patient Assessment/Management – Trauma