Certificate in Rescue Technology

Aims of the Course

To train and educate learners into becoming Rescue Technicians who specializes primarily on rescue but are also medically orientated and will be able to provide basic medical assistance should there be a need. This programme will allow practitioners or student to share and advance rescue science and technology and to develop and enhance proficiency in general rescue techniques, vehicle rescue, incident command and pre-hospital care. To promote injury prevention, through education and awareness, within all groups at risk from unintentional injury, thus reducing the gap between patient access and medical treatment through reducing the amount of time required to access the patient.

The Certificate in Rescue Technology will equip learners with the necessary skills to operate within the EMS system, Defence force, Police Service, Fire Department and other relevant services with the objective of providing rescue assistance to those in need.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission for this Certificate Rescue Technology programme,

Candidates must:

  • Pass fitness assessment set up to test endurance (both physical and mental).
  • For learners coming straight from high school they will have to possess a minimum of 20 points in Form 5.
  • Those already in the EMS industry should possess the minimum of a Certificate in Basic Ambulance Assistance course or higher with any accredited and reputable institution.
  • Entry by exemption: candidates from protection services (Defence Force, Police Service, and Wildlife), Fire Brigade, Agriculture, Emergency Medical Services and Utility Services will also be eligible for entry.

Programme Structure, Duration and Course Content

  • The programme will run for one year on a full-time basis. It will normally commence in July of every year.
  • Rescue Technology Certificate will be divided into 4 modules, namely Rescue 1, Rescue 2, Rescue 3 and Basic Ambulance Assistance.
  • All this modules will simultaneously cover the Theory and Practical Component continuously throughout the year.
  • A student shall register for fourteen (14) modules, all of which are core modules.
  • Credit hours allocated for each module will reflect the relative weight of that particular module toward the fulfilment of the Certificate in Rescue Technology.

Work opportunities for graduates of the Certificate in Emergency Medical Care course exist in:

  • Provincial and local authority Emergency Medical Services
  • Private Emergency Services and hospital groups
  • Defence Forces
  • Remote site services such as offshore oil rigs and the mining industry
  • Civil defence agencies
  • Emergency Medical Services abroad e.g. UK, USA, Australia, UAE
  • Universities and colleges offering emergency care education and training

Structural Outlook

1st Term

Rescue 1

  • Physical Training I
  • High Angel I
  • Fire Search and Rescue
  • Light Motor Vehicle Rescue
  • Industrial and Agricultural Rescue

2nd Term

Rescue 2

  • Physical Training II
  • High Angle II
  • Wilderness Search and Rescue
  • Aviation Rescue
  • Aquatic Rescue

3rd Term

Rescue 3

  • Physical Training III
  • Confined Space and Rescue
  • Hazardous Material Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Structural Collapse and Rescue

4th Term

Basic Ambulance Assistance

  • Introduction to Emergency Medical Care
  • Health Law & Ethics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Patient Assessment