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Becoming an EMT: Quick Facts

Becoming an EMT: Quick Facts



  • Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Equipment Maintenance – Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

  • Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • Coordination – Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

  • Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


  • Oral Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

  • Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Five Things You Need to Know When Becoming an EMT