Michael Tarantino, Director of the Bergen County Emergency Medical Services Training Center in Paramus, recently participated in a joint training session with Hackensack University Medical Center. Along with Michelle Kobayashi, Administrative Director of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Community Operations at HUMC, 93 students attended in the Trauma, Transport and Triage program. Mike and Michelle are shown in the picture at HUMC’s Helipad which is operational 24 hours a day, allowing round-the-clock Medevac helicopter access to the medical center for direct field transports.
Paramus Police officers took part in a “Rescue Task Force” training session at the Bergen County Technical Schools EMS Training Center on Tuesday. Rescue Task Force training, which has been implemented elsewhere, drew the attention of Mike Tarantino, the county Emergency Medical Services director, and Matthew Ziemkiewicz, the county’s deputy coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management. The idea is for police to first clear an area of a threat so medical workers can provide emergency first aid to victims in the minutes following an attack, rather than waiting for all the threats to be neutralized. Please click here for the complete story.
Evolution and History of the Center
With the support and encouragement of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Board of Technical Education initiated the Emergency Medical Services Training Center in February 1976. Without a building of its own, the staff of 9 instructors led by the director, Robert Chais, utilized classroom facilities in the Bergen Technical High Schools. The first class hosted by the EMS Training Center hosted 27 students. By year's end, 323 students had graduated the ambulance certification program being offered at the center.
The EMS Training Center Building, dedicated on October 27, 1991, greatly enhanced the capabilities of the program and enables the center to offer higher levels of training to the ambulance and rescue community of Bergen County.
The Board of Chosen Freeholders and Board of Technical Education have made a major commitment to Emergency Medical Services training in Bergen County. This modern training center is equipped with the latest in computerization and presentation equipment along with state-of-the-art demonstration and teaching aids. With their continued support, the center has grown to be the largest ambulance and rescue training facility in the Northeast.