Paramedics are first responders who provide advanced life support for medical and trauma emergencies throughout a first response area, usually as part of an emergency medical service or fire and rescue department. Paramedics possess advanced certifications above and beyond what a basic EMT would possess.

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Determines the nature and extent of illness or injury and establishes priority for required emergency care. Based on assessment findings, renders emergency medical care to adult, infant and child, medical and trauma patients. Duties include but are not limited to, opening and maintaining an airway, ventilating patients, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including use of automated external defibrillators. Provide prehospital emergency medical care of simple and multiple system trauma such as controlling hemorrhage, treatment of shock (hypo perfusion), bandaging wounds, and immobilization of painful, swollen, deformed extremities.

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An intermediate Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)is a technician who has completed the EMT-1 and EMT-2/3 levels of training. They can choose to specialize as an EMT-Shock Trauma or an EMT-Cardiac. EMT-Shock Trauma specialists know how to administer intravenous fluids while EMT-Cardiac specialists know how to analyze heart rhythms and distribute heart-related medication.

Government economists predict that job growth for emergency medical technicians should experience faster job growth than many other professions. Many experts anticipate the best opportunities will be available for those who already have training and experience.

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nder general supervision, responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls to protect life and property by combating, extinguishing and preventing fires; gives basic life support care to sick or injured persons; participates in fire prevention programs, inspection, training activities, maintenance of fire and EMS apparatus and equipment and stations. Works within prescribed standards and procedures.

Responds to alarms of fires and medical emergencies, hazardous materials and other emergencies with a pumper, ladder, rescue, ambulance or other support vehicle.

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