Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)

Emergency Medical Technicians are first responders for emergencies such as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drownings, childbirth, gunshot wounds, and all other medical situations that would require immediate attention. Often working closely with law enforcement and the fire department personel, EMTs are dispatched to an emergency via a 911 operator. EMTs are qualified to treat minor injuries, and for more serious trauma, they are trained in keeping a victim in stable condition during transportation to a hospital. EMTs work in all conditions and the job often entails considerable kneeling, bending and heavy lifting. While not only physical taxing, the job can also be emotionally stressful, exciting and challenging.

Formal training and certification is needed to become an EMT. Typically, a high school diploma is required to enter a training program. All 50 states have a certification procedure. To continue to have certification, EMTs and paramedics must reregister every 2 years.

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