NREMT’s Team of EMS Providers


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National Registration of Emergency Medical Technicians

During his undergraduate studies, Todd Belok took up pre-med courses apart from his degree major. This led Todd Belok to a career in emergency medical services, specifically as a licensed emergency medical technician. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians or NREMT is the certification agency that authorizes the practice of EMS providers.

EMS providers, namely Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, and paramedics, each provides specific levels of medical assistance. An Emergency Medical Responder initiates basic lifesaving interventions during the absence of higher level staff. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) have more training than the responders, and they can provide medical assistance with the use of basic equipment.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians provide some advanced medical care for critical patients. With the assistance of responders and EMTs, they lead the safe transport of the patient to the medical facility. Paramedics intervene during critical situations to provide comprehensive medical assistance.

Individuals who want to become a part of NREMT’s team of EMS providers are encouraged to undergo further training to be certified.


Camping in Torres del Paine National Park

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Torres del Paine National Park

A mental health technician at Temple University Hospital, Todd Belok has years of experience in medicine and patient care, both in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. In his free time, Todd Belok enjoys traveling. Among other treks, he completed a backpacking trip through Patagonia last year.

Patagonia, which stretches across the southern end of South America in Chile and Argentina, is a hiker’s paradise, full of mountains, valleys, glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls. In particular, Torres del Paine National Park in Chile has been often ranked highly by outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the best ways to explore Torres del Paine is by backpacking and camping. Most campers begin in Puerto Natales, Chile, where they catch a bus to the park entrance. Many campsites are free, though they can sometimes be full or closed. Paid campsites are also an option. There are two kinds of paid campsites: private ones, which offer toilets, showers, water, and a place to cook, and those located next to a refugio, which offer a great deal of amenities, including restaurants and minimarkets as well as rental gear. While hikers may rent their gear when they get to Torres del Paine, it is less costly to buy and bring along your own equipment.

Why Philadelphia Is a Great City for Bikers

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Schuylkill River

Based in Philadelphia, Todd Belok serves as a mental health technician at the Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus, a position he has held since 2015. In his free time, Todd Belok enjoys cycling, hiking, and running.

Renowned to most of the world for its cheesesteak sandwiches and the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is also steadily becoming one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. As the city is mostly flat and its grid layout is easy to navigate, Philadelphia is ideal for bikes. The city has more than 435 miles of dedicated bike lanes, making it easy for bike commuters to get around. Additionally, many of these bike routes run along the Schuylkill River and tributary creeks, providing a scenic view and an escape into nature.

Like many cities, Philadelphia also offers a bike-sharing program called Indego, which allows people to rent and return bikes from numerous stations around the city. Finally, every year the city hosts the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, a 12-mile race through the city that includes the formidable Manayunk Wall.

Prolific Author Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick


The holder of a BS in biomedical science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Todd Belok serves as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital. In his leisure time, Todd Belok enjoys reading, particularly the novels of the late science-fiction author Philip K. Dick.

Born in Chicago in 1928 and later moving to California, Dick started to write professionally in the 1950s, launching a career that produced 44 books and 122 short stories. His works often dealt with altered states of mind and psychological difficulties.

Ten years after he became an author, Dick won the Hugo Award for his 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle. The book presents an alternate post-World War II scenario in which the United States was defeated and occupied by Japan and Germany. The book proved Dick able to weave serious literary value into a science-fiction framework. It was adapted into a television series in 2015.

Other Dick stories made into movies were Minority Report, Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Though not filmed, Dick’s novel Ubik was named by Time magazine as one of America’s top 100 novels.

Master Chef Alton Brown

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Master Chef Alton Brown

A licensed emergency medical technician, Todd Belok works as a mental health technician for Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. In his spare time, Todd Belok enjoys cooking and is a fan of television chef Alton Brown.

Brown began learning to cook by watching his mother and grandmother. He continued this interest while he was a film student directing and photographing videos. Between takes, he found himself watching cooking shows that he felt he could improve upon. This realization led to his decision to attend the New England Culinary Institute.

After graduating, Brown pursued his dream and ultimately made a pilot show for WTTW in Chicago. The show became the basis for Good Eats, a program that combined food science and humor. Aired on the Food Network for 13 years, Good Eats was conceived as a cross between Monty Python and Julia Child. Reflecting the show’s success, Good Eats earned a Peabody Award and a James Beard Award.

When he ended Good Eats in 2011, Brown appeared on Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef, and Cutthroat Kitchen. He has written four books, including I’m Just Here for the Food, which became one of the best-selling cookbooks on 2002. Brown’s latest book, EveryDayCook, is scheduled for a September 2016 release.

National Organization Supports Efforts of Emergency Professionals

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National Registration of Emergency Medical Technicians

A mental health professional who previously worked with the Children’s National Medical Center and the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Todd Belok currently serves as a mental health technician at Episcopal Hospital Public. As a registered EMT, Todd Belok maintains membership in organizations such as the National Registration of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Established in 1970 in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s recommendation for a national certification agency to provide uniform standards for emergency personnel, the NREMT continues to assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals. In many cases, states require that EMS-certified professionals also maintain certification with the NREMT, strengthening the relationship between the two.

EMS professionals include the dispatchers who answer calls to 911 and help identify the callers’ needs prior to sending out trained first responders, paramedics, or other personnel. These professionals may belong to local ambulance services, fire departments, or government programs. In addition, they may volunteer or receive payment for their services. Regardless of the status of EMS personnel, however, NREMT advocates for every citizen to support them in their work. The organization also encourages those who can to get involved in EMS.

Consider Backpacking at Torres del Paine in Patagonia


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A mental health professional with Episcopal Hospital Public, Todd Belok also maintains certification as an emergency medical technician. In his leisure time, Todd Belok enjoys traveling, and he recently completed a week-long backpacking trip in Patagonia, Chile.

Located 1,500 miles south of Santiago in Patagonia, the Torres del Paine hike covers 52 miles of terrain with spectacular views of wildlife such as the llama-like guanacos and scenery ranging from glaciers to the enormous granite pillars that give the trail its name. The reality far surpasses any pictures. Those wanting a shorter hike (requiring only about four days) can take the W route. Begin in the west and travel east for the best views. The other option, known as the Circuit, includes the rear section of the park as well as the W and requires at least a week. Both trails have clear signposts.

Backpackers can choose to stay at free campsites along the way but should be aware of their scarcity and plan on arriving early. People also can stay at some of the paid camps or in the dorms at the refugios for a more expensive yet comfortable option.