Hazardous Environment Medical Technician (HEMT)

The Hazardous Environment Medical Technician (HEMT) course develops the knowledge and skills gained during the Hazardous Environment First Responder course.

At the end of HEMT, the student will have demonstrated that they have sufficient knowledge and skills to manage more complex cases, often acting autonomously in providing emergency care in some of the most challenging environments.

Who’s It For?

HEMT has been specifically designed for those who respond to emergencies in hazardous environments, providing life-saving treatment and evacuating them to definitive care. Originally designed for the Helicopter Search and Rescue Winch Operator, this course is used nationally and internationally to provide care and in assisting the paramedic.

Course Overview / What will you learn?

On completion of the HEFR course, Learners continue to gain the knowledge, skills and competencies whilst working alongside experienced operators; this process usually takes 1 year.  The learner will practice a range of Prehospital care procedures, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies, major incidents / accidents, triage, fracture immobilisation, paediatric emergencies , mental health problems, assisting the Paramedic, ECG Rhythm Recognition  & Interpretation, greater understanding and knowledge of the bodies systems and much more.


Students will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence that is completed with an experienced operator and submitted to ORMS for assessment.


On successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate valid for 3 years. We have worked closely with Qualsafe Awards (QA) to provide ORMS students with a clear and concise pathway to gaining Ofqual regulated prehospital care qualifications, which will also provide FREC Learners with a route to progress into a career in Hazardous or Non-Hazardous medical response.

Dual Qualification

We can now offer our students the opportunity to achieve certification in one or both awards (by sitting some additional components):

  • Hazardous Environment Medical Technician (HEMT) can also work towards the QA Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (L5 FREUC)