“I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.” –EMT Oath

Are you passionate about making a difference? Do you want to be a leader in your community? Careers in Emergency Medical Services can be exciting, rewarding, and challenging in many ways. It is more than lights and sirens, it is a great honor and responsibility. You never know what you will face when the pager goes off. Every day in this career it is possible to meet with life and death circumstances.

There is always a need for talented, passionate professionals in the world of EMS. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job outlook for EMTs and Paramedics is growing rapidly! If you are interested in joining the ranks, read on to learn how to become an EMS Professional. Click the link below to find employment opportunities with Southeast Colorado Hospital Ambulance Service.

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Getting Started in EMS

There are various types of Emergency Medical careers. To become certified, interested parties should enroll in a class at the chosen level that is accredited and accepted by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. After completing the classwork, clinical hours, and a practical skills test, students must apply to take a computerized exam provided at NREMT testing sites. Upon successful exam completion, students should apply for a certificate to practice within their state of employment.

Levels of Emergency Medical Qualifications

Emergency Medical Responder/First Responder (EMR)

“The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Responder is to initiate immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS response and to assist higher level personnel at the scene and during transport. Emergency Medical Responders function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.” -National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

“The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.” -National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

“The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.” -National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Paramedic

“The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.”  -National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Learn more at NREMT.org

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