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If you feel that your call of duty lies along the idea of saving lives, then becoming an emergency medical technician may just be the career path that you're looking for. Emergency medical technicians are people who have undergone the proper training to become experts in providing emergency medical attention and ambulance service to people who most need it. EMTs are often the first to arrive in the scene of an accident or a medical crisis so it's important that in addition to having the medical training, you have the capacity to perform even under extreme pressures.



Becoming an EMT can be a rewarding experience, especially for people who feel that their main purpose on this world is to save lives. As they are usually send out to respond to medical emergencies, it's important for EMTs to have sharp observation and decision making skills that will enable them to think fast on their feet. This is a fast paced field of service where critical injuries and heart attacks are all part of a day's work.

Educational Requirements & Training: In order to begin your career as a certified EMT, you'll need a high school diploma and Basic EMT Training (covering patient assessment, trauma, & cardiac emergencies). This is generally offered at local community colleges and takes about 3 months to complete. Certifications need to be renewed every 2 years.

If you wish to proceed to a licensed Paramedic, you'll need to complete Intermediate EMT Training (includes medication administration, airway devices, & intravenous fluids) and Paramedic training (which covers anatomy and advanced medical treatments). Licensing is available after that point by passing the NREMT test or state examination.

EMT Jobs: After you have become a certified EMT, then it's time seek employment. There are number of ways that you can get jobs in the EMS field. Either you work for a specific hospital, the fire department or a private ambulance service. Pay and the hours that you will be required to work each week will be dependent on your level of EMT training. Those in the intermediate EMT or EMT paramedic levels are naturally the first ones to get jobs.

Even though holding EMT jobs can be demanding and draining at times, all that exerted effort can instantly turn into fulfillment once you realize that you're in the business of saving lives.

EMT Job Titles Include:

First Responder
The lowest level of certification is usually required of the people who tend to arrive first at the scene of an accident, such as firefighters and police officers. Their responsibilities are to provide basic emergency medical care until other EMS personnel have arrived at the scene. EMT-Basic (EMT-1)
A basic certification as an Emergency Medical Technician allows someone to be employed as an entry-level EMT. Responsibilities of an EMT-Basic include assessing an emergency scene, controlling bleeding, applying splints, assisting with childbirth, administering oxygen, and performing basic life support skills, including CPR.

EMT-Intermediate (EMT-2 and EMT-3)
In most states that offer intermediate training, it can be obtained in either EMT-Shock Trauma or EMT-Cardiac. These certifications increase an EMT's roles and responsibilities to include administering intravenous fluids (and some advanced medications), using manual defibrillators, and using advanced airway techniques and equipment during respiratory emergencies.

EMT-Paramedic (EMT-4)
The highest level of certification rewards recipients with a tremendous amount of responsibility at the scene of a medical emergency. They are authorized to provide extensive pre-hospital care, which includes administering drugs orally and intravenously, interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), and performing endotracheal intubations.


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