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Becoming an EMT: Quick Facts

Becoming an EMT: Quick Facts


Quick Facts:


  • • Drive ambulances or assist ambulance drivers in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons.

  • • Remove and replace soiled linens and equipment in order to maintain sanitary conditions.

  • • Place patients on stretchers, and load stretchers into ambulances, usually with assistance from other attendants.

  • • Accompany and assist emergency medical technicians on calls.

  • • Earn and maintain appropriate certifications.

  • • Replace supplies and disposable items on ambulances.

  • • Report facts concerning accidents or emergencies to hospital personnel or law enforcement officials.


  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • Transportation – Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

  • Public Safety and Security – Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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