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What Is an Emergency Medical Technician?

Dec 05, 2008

Emergency medical technicians are sometimes responsible for saving lives. To become an emergency medical technician, you must first obtain a high school diploma or GED and then you can attend classes to become an emergency medical technician (or EMT). EMTs usually work for ambulance companies or fire departments.

They respond to emergency calls and are able to treat patients in the field and transfer patients to the emergency room or other facilities. They can provide emergency and life saving treatments in the field under the directorship of a medical director. They can administer oxygen, place patients on back boards, establish IV lines, splint broken or deformed bones, as well as do complete head-to-toe assessments.

They can work with other EMTs or paramedics in order to provide this care. There are many good opportunities for advancement as an EMT and jobs are available in most parts of the country.

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