In order to provide the highest level to training, SUA has developed a training program developed to train both EMT’s and non-EMT’s about our organization. New members are put through an attendant and progression-status program that introduces them to ambulance equipment and their usage, operations, patient care, ambulance driving, interagency communication, and on-scene involvement.
After completing a probationary period (of approximately six weeks), members go through a rigorous training program starting them as Attendants (ATT), where most of the introduction is done. After displaying proficiency with the requirements, the ATT may choose to begin a Driver (DR) program and become acquainted with driving and operating the ambulance. If the student has completed EMT training, they may also choose to begin a Crew Chief (CC) program teaching them how to be responsible for patient care on an ambulance call. During the training phase, known as a progression, students work side by side with instructors and field supervisors on actual ambulance calls gaining proficiency and comfort in the field. When a comfort level is reached and permission has been granted from the supervisors and training staff, the students will become cleared to work their position without the need of a trainer watching them.
The training program is developed and overseen during the year by appointed Field Supervisors. These members are responsible for the organization’s training programs as well as developing protocols for training. These supervisors work one-on-one with progression students to make sure they are learning the right skills to become cleared at their position. Volunteers are divided into companies to allow close interaction with groups of members.