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First Responder

What / Who are they?

Coast Guard First Responders are EMS providers that have completed all requirements of a DOT First Responder training course. First Responders are generally Petty Officers of any rating assigned to units with a significant SAR role, but where community based EMS resources are available. The presence of such a community system will normally provide relatively short patient care contact times for Coast Guard EMS responders. First Responders complete an approved DOT First Responder course.

About the schools

Class starts Monday morning at 0700 in the EMT classroom, Bldg. 122, directly up the hill from the Command Building (across the street from the flagpole).  We recommend that you locate the classroom upon your arrival.  Your TAD orders have assigned you to the EMS School for three weeks.  Do not make departure plans prior to 1600 on the final Friday.  It is extremely important that you dedicate yourself to this school during that time.  Poor performance during training may result in your failure to complete the course.

What to Bring to School

Uniform of the day is ODU with boots.  Unit specific clothing such as flight jackets, float coats, coveralls, foul weather jackets, and fleece liners without the overshell are not authorized at this training command.  Appropriate gym gear is required for lab practice (female personnel are required to have a sports bra).  A padlock is required in the BEQ, we also recommend you bring towels, and hangers since the BEQ does not issue these items.  Weather in Petaluma fluctuates dramatically, so prepare accordingly with both uniform and civilian clothing.

Before You Get Here

What can I do before school to become better prepared to succeed as an EMT or First Responder student?
Great question,  In looking at feedback from past classes three areas stand out.  Memorize these items verbatim before arrival.  We will explain what each of the items mean during class but have found that one of the most difficult things you will have to do is get these memorized, backwards and forwards.  Granted, there are things on these sheets that you may not understand yet but you will.  The key to getting patient assessment dialed in is having the skill sheet memorized.  If interested, give HS1 Thomas Lavey a call and he will explain what we are talking about. (707) 765-7499

Memorization Tools

Scene Safety
Mechanism of Injury
Number of Patients



Secondary Injuries

If you can simply memorize these four lists before you arrive at the school, I guarantee the school will be so much easier for you.  Say the words as written, in order and we will explain what they mean during class.  It will make sense, trust me.

Schedule of Classes

One Week Course

Course Code




Last Modified 1/12/2016