Matthew Hlavna, A.S., EMSI, Paramedic
Matthew Hlavna began his EMS career when he obtained his EMT in 1991 and started volunteering at his local Ambulance Service. While working and volunteering as an EMT, Matthew obtained his Paramedic license in 1996. Since then, Matthew has worked more than 30 years in both volunteer and commercial EMS.
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EMS Program Coordinator for Echo Hose Ambulance
Matthew Hlavna began his EMS career when he obtained his EMT in 1991 and started volunteering at his local Ambulance Service. While working and volunteering as an EMT, Matthew obtained his Paramedic license in 1996. Since then, Matthew has worked more than 30 years in both volunteer and commercial EMS. Over the years Matthew has held several positions including Field Training Officer, Paramedic Field Instructor, EMS Instructor, and Clinical Education Specialist. Matthew also holds a degree in Emergency Medical Services from Columbia Southern University.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students can take the practical state exam here in Shelton at our Training Center. Tests are offered twice a month and proctored by the State of Connecticut at our training center.
We are located at 430 Coram Ave in the former St. Joseph Grammar School in Shelton. We have a well lit, off-street parking lot for students. All EMS classrooms are air-conditioned, equipped with new clean tables, chairs, advanced technology and new EMS training equipment.
Our professional, experienced CT EMS Certified Instructors have been leading EMS programs for many years. All instructors are State of CT Certified Instructors. Our team of instructors has a minimum of 8 years experience with most having upwards of 20-30 years working and teaching in Emergency Services. All our equipment is dedicated to our training programs and always in great working condition. Students also complete their clinical time working along-side our amazing field providers in a busy ambulance service that responds to over 5,300 emergencies each year. In addition, our instructors and training team will help refer and give leads to many volunteer and job opportunities to students. All students sit comfortably in a dedicated training center (former school) without interruption or distractions.
Students should dress comfortably while maintaining business casual attire. Jeans, pants without rips and tears, appropriate length shorts, shirts, t-shirts, and closed rubber sole shoes, such as sneakers are acceptable. Tank Tops, Short shorts, low riding pants or shorts, or open-toe shoes are not allowed. *During the COVID Pandemic, masks are required by all students.
Our facility and equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each class. Masks are to be worn at all times when in the facility by all students and instructors. All students and staff are required to complete a pre-health screening and temperature check prior to entering the facility during each class. For a full list of our safety measures, please visit the COVID 19 rules on our main page.
You must turn 16 by the last day of the course.
No- not all students take the class with the intentions of becoming certified. Also, the student can take the certification exam(s) at any appropriate testing location, within two years of finishing the class.
To keep the tuition as low as possible for all students, we have decided to use the electronic version of the text book as most students prefer this option. If you would like to purchase the hardcover book, we will provide you with information as to how to order a hard copybook at a discounted price. We do have used text books for sale.
Class attendance and participation in all scheduled classes are required. If you need to miss a class due to illness or a personal reason, the student is responsible for the work missed.
No, the State of CT exam is coordinated by Echo Hose Ambulance but administered and overseen by the State of CT OEMS State Chief Examiner. All test results are kept confidential with the State OEMS Departments and only provided to the students Lead Instructor. Please contact your lead instructor for results.
The class is $985 and includes all the materials needed for the course. This includes an electronic textbook, online test prep materials, CPR book and Card, job referral assistance and resume assistance upon request.
Yes, our training team regularly provides off site training across the State of Connecticut for business, schools and various organizations. We are happy to visit your business or school and provide your staff with on site CPR, First Aid, Bleeding Control, Narcan Training, Daycare CPR/First Aid Training or even coordinate an EMT or EMR class at your location. To schedule a class, please email us at email@example.com or call 203-924-5500
Yes, Echo Hose Ambulance offers multiple free training classes a year including CPR, First Aid, Bleeding Control, Substance Abuse Prevention, Narcan Administration, Mental Health First Aid and numerous Federally Funded FEMA sponsored programs. Please visit our community classes page for more information.
Yes, certified EMT(s) can begin to volunteer or find a career in EMS once they complete their testing and become certified as an EMT with the State of Connecticut and/or NREMT.
There are no prerequisites for taking the EMT course. We recommend a great attitude, an ability to have fun and a willingness to learn from some amazing instructors.
The Echo Hose Difference
EMS companies know that we graduate the best in the business. EMS is a job that requires skill and expertise; you’re responsible for peoples’ lives. We want you to be able to hit the ground running and that’s what we prepare you for - success.
Our EMS classes are the most affordable in the region.
We know it takes many hands and hearts to solve the complex issues communities face, and we try to do our part. We provide emergency ambulance service to over 5,300 emergency calls each year, provide free community training programs to hundreds of citizens, collect food for the local pantries, collect toys for children during the holidays and we partner with over twenty Not-For-Profits providing them with free training space for meetings, trainings and community programming.