emt saves patient while both have heart attacks

EMT Saves Patient While Both Have Heart Attacks

Talk about job focus. Joseph Hardman, a Detroit paramedic, was transporting a patient suffering a heart attack to the hospital when he began experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack himself.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Hardman had a heart attack while performing CPR on the patient. Hardman recognized the symptoms and warned his partner, who was driving, that there’d be two patients instead of one when they arrived at Detroit Medical Center’s Harper-Hutzel Hospital.

emt saves patient while both have heart attacks

Hardman stayed with the patient until he was squared away before doctors began working to save his life.

“He nearly died, had to go to surgery,” union rep Joe Barney told the Free Press.

The original patient and Hardman ended up three beds apart, with identical stents put in to remove blockages in the “widow-maker” artery. Both patients are recovering.

“That’s why we do what we do — because that’s what we live for,” Hardman told CBS Detroit. “That’s what EMS is: to go from a state of death or near death to watching the person walk out of the hospital with their family several days later.”

Sources: detroit.cbslocal.com

Rescue Captain Resists Street Justice to Do Job

Michael Morse, a rescue captain with the Providence Fire Department, responds to threatening situations as a matter of course. In an article published on ems1.com, he reveals an occupational hazard that is rarely discussed: the temptation to engage in street justice.

Morse describes several incidents in which his professional “brothers” allowed unprofessional instincts to flare when confronted with unruly or notoriously obnoxious patients.

rescue captain resists street justice to do job

“That’s Ryan,” said a large, veteran firefighter who had responded to a call for assistance. “He took a swing at me last week,” he said, trying to enter the back of the ambulance.

Morse blocked his way and said, “Not today.” He spoke to the officer in charge of the company. “You guys are all set.”

The situation was defused, but others like it occur regularly, and challenge a rescue worker to uphold the code of honor that defines the job. Morse relates how one of his colleagues threw punches at a mouthy 16-year-old kid during transport while Morse’s back was turned.

“As sick as it sounds, it happens,” writes Morse. “It happens all the time, and not just in Providence. It’s one of those ugly things that go on when nobody is looking and human nature takes over, and people forget why they are here and what is acceptable.”

Sources: ems1.com

audio, video bring boston ems response to life

Audio, video bring Boston EMS Response to Life

Every year after the Boston Marathon, the Boston Medical Services team conducts an “after-action” to review its performance and discuss strategies for improvement.

“I think a lot of people think that everything’s the same, but every year there’s something different about it, either security plans, or different patient treatments,” said Brendan Kearney, the department’s superintendent in chief, in an August article in Boston.com. The bombings at this year’s marathon made the event “different” in the extreme.

audio, video bring boston ems response to life

This year’s review was augmented by video footage recorded by Boston.com’s Steve Silva as the explosions went off, synchronized with radio traffic between emergency personnel assigned to the finish line area. Silva continued to record the aftermath and scenes from Boylston Street as emergency personnel responded.

The resulting video (see Source link below) provides a gripping portrait of the emergency and helped fill in some of the blanks for personnel on the scene.

“A lot of people just had so many mental gaps about what happened, that’s why they wanted to hear the tape and once they hear the tape, a lot of it came back,” Kearney said.

In all, about 100 Boston EMS personnel worked the scene from Brighton to the finish line, Kearney said. Their poise and professionalism continues to impress him.

“A lot of it is just the day-to-day using of radio procedures and call signs and pre-designating the incident command, even on smaller incidents, so people are just used to it,” he said. “Then when something like this happens, it just expands. People are used to it. There’s not a lot of ‘OK, who is going to oversee loading, where do I take the patients. Everybody just kind of knows’.”

Sources: Boston.com

how to choose an emt training course in the bay area

How to Choose an EMT Training Course in the Bay Area

So you have made the decision to become an EMT, and are now looking for the best EMT Training course in the Bay Area. The key to getting the best EMT training is choosing one that fits your schedule and your objectives. So the first challenge in becoming an EMT? Finding the right EMT training course for you. (Once you’re in class, you can tackle all those other EMT-related challenges). There are certain class criteria and certain personality traits, that, when aligned, create the best possible outcome for future EMTs. When choosing an EMT course, be sure to consider the following: course prerequisites, the length of the course, the caliber of the instructors, the level of real-world hands-on training versus time spent in the classroom, the graduation rate, and the careers that alumni of the course go into.

how to choose an emt training course in the bay area

Pre-requisites All EMT Training pre-requisites require that candidates have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Course length How soon will start your EMT career? A few years? Six months? Two weeks? Course lengths vary, and your desired time frame depends on personal circumstances and current work situations, so choose what works best for you. Accelerated courses or boot camps may be more intense, but they are more engaging and exciting, so keep that in mind.

Caliber of instructors Your instructors will be transferring their knowledge to you. You want to learn from the best, so you can be the best. Choose a course where the instructors are experienced and eager to share their knowledge.

Hands-on training Do you want to sit through EMT training in a classroom, falling asleep at a desk while trying to listen to a lecture? Or do you want EMT training that happens in real ambulances with state-of-the-art equipment, in the real world, with real life simulations, leaving you no option but to be prepared for the real deal once you start your career?

Graduation rate You want a course that prepares you to be a successful and effective Emergency Medical Technician. When comparing courses, ask the following: Did previous students get though the course successfully? How many passed the NREMT? And most importantly, did the course prepare those students to be the best in their field? Whether you’re looking at an EMT Refresher course or EMT Boot Camp – all EMT training should prepare students to pass all required tests and excel in the work force.

Alumni employment rate So you went through that grueling EMT training – the blood, sweat, and tears have dried. All that work shouldn’t be done in vain. What are you going to do after you pass the NREMT and obtain your EMT certification? A good indicator of opportunities for new graduates is the jobs that graduates of the course now have. Choose a course that not only prepares students for an exciting career, but assists them in procuring one in the first place. Career help is vital, and should be a major focus of any EMT Training.

Next Steps Once you have done due diligence on the programs you are interested in, a clear winner should emerge – one that fits your schedule, your learning style, and your career aspirations. Call our EMT admissions team and our admissions advisors will introduce you to our program, help you enroll, and work out all the other details of your training. Call 888-790-1458 to register for EMT training now!

Time to Re-Certify Your NREMT?

Your National EMS Certification is probably the most important EMS certification you can obtain. Holding your EMS certification demonstrates that you meet the national standards of the EMS profession. To ensure that all Emergency Medical Technicians are up-to-date on technical innovations in patient care and emergency medical services, certification must be renewed every two years.

EMTs are constantly learning

EMTs learn both on and off the field, in part because there will always be a situation or patient that presents issues you have never seen before, and in part because medicine and technology is continuously improving.

time to re-certify your nremt

To apply for recertification you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be actively working within the EMS field, using your EMT-Basic skills.
  2. Complete the educational requirements before the March 31st deadline.
  3. Complete the recertification report, and submit report before the March 31st deadline.
  4. Demonstrate EMS competency through re-examination or continuing education.
    1. Re-examination: Between October 1st and March 15th, complete a “Recertification by Examination” application. You will receive an Authorization to Test (sometimes referred to as ATT). From there, you can take the National EMS Certification exam.
    2. Continuing Education (CE): Complete the sufficient number of continuing education hours throughout the year to complete this section. This is a two-part deal:
      • Part I: The first part of meeting CE requirements is to complete an approved EMT Refresher. There are two options here. One option is to take a traditional refresher course (an approved DOT National Standard EMT-Basic/EMT Refresher). The second option it to complete continuing education “topical hours”. (Beware that some states only accept the traditional refresher course and not topical hours, so refer check your state requirements.) The “topical hours” must meet the following requirements:
        TopicHours Required
        Preparatory1 hour
        Airway2 hour
        OB, Infants, Children2 hours
        Patient Assessment3 hours
        Medical/Behavior4 hours
        Trauma4 hours
        Elective8 hours
        Total24 hours
      • Part II: The second part of meeting CE requirements is to complete 48 hours of additional EMS Related Continuing Education. You can apply the following towards your Additional Continuing Education hours:
        24 hours can be applied from any one topic area (preferably something you are really interested in, and want to specialize in!)
        16 hours can be applied from the following courses: ABLS, AMLS, BTLS, NALS, PEPP, PHTLS, PPC
        12 hours can be applied from the following courses: Emergency Driving, Dispatch Training
        24 hours of CECBEMS approved Distributive Education
        24 hours of college courses including but not limited to: Anatomy/Physiology, Pharmacology, Cellular Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, MicrobiologyObviously the above add up to more than 48 hours. Feel free to pick and choose the areas that most interest you, and put your CE hours into them. In doing so, you will enjoy your Continuing Education, and you will be honing your EMS specialty – making you a highly desirable employee.
  5. Obtain verification of skills from your Training Program Director or Physician Medical Director.
  6. Obtain CPR certification current through at least March 31st of that year.

And there you have it! Follow steps 1 through 6 and you will be fully prepared to successfully pass NREMT recertification.

The Difference Between EMT Certification Levels

Not all EMTs are created equal. To the outside world, it probably seems that anyone in the front of an ambulance is a paramedic. But that is not the case. There are actually three different types of emergency medical technicians, only the highest of which is a paramedic. These different certifications give their holders different rights to do different jobs, or, in EMS terms, “a different scope of practice”. There are three levels of EMT certification: EMT basic, EMT intermediate, and Paramedic. Below is a review of all three types of EMT certification: the requirements to obtain the certification, the job duties of each level, and the career opportunities at each level.

the difference between emt certification levels

EMT – Basic

EMT-Basic certification, also known as EMT-B certification, is the entry-level EMT certification. Basic certification courses train students in basic EMT skills. Most basic certification courses are two-part: a skills course and a lab course. The basic skills course teaches how to assess patient condition and provide basic care for common conditions. The basic lab portion of the course is where students practice these skills. At minimum, EMT-Bs have accumulated about 110 hours of training. The job duties of an EMT-B include providing basic life support functions and performing non-invasive procedures.

Beware: where you receive your EMT-Basic certification determines how many skills you have as an EMT-B, and your opportunities to move further in your career. For example, some programs make no mention of IVs in their EMT Basic training because it isn’t a requirement. But in the real world, EMT-Bs will be faced with patient transport involving IVs. Unitek Education’s EMT-B program teaches IV maintenance, enabling EMT-B grads to understand IV basics and take care of patients with IVs. EMT-B training that includes more advanced skills may be harder, but it is worth it. When you are out in the field, there is absolutely no worse feeling that being unprepared, or unable to do what needs to be done to save a patient. Put in the work at the beginning, and you (and your patients) will be glad you did.

EMT – Intermediate

EMT-Intermediate certification, also known as EMT-I certification is the next step in EMT certification. Intermediate certification courses train students in more complicated procedures. In most states, EMT-Basic certification must be obtained before enrolling in an EMT-Intermediate course, because it builds on skills learned in the EMT-basic course. EMT-Is have accumulated 200-400 hours of training, and are thus cleared to perform more advanced duties. EMT-Intermediate certificate holders can insert IVs, intubate patients, and in some states, administer drugs.

EMT – Paramedic

EMT-Paramedic certification is the highest level of EMT certification. To begin an EMT-Paramedic course, students usually have obtained both EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate certifications. Paramedics complete about two years of training. EMT-Paramedic certification courses focus on the more advanced practice of medicine, like pharmacology, cardiology, and anatomy. To graduate from paramedic school, students must complete an internship working in a hospital or ambulance. Paramedics have the largest range of job duties: including, but not limited to, all duties of lower-level EMTs, reading labs, EKGs, and X-rays, and manual defibrillation.

Continuing education

At every level of certification, EMTs must attend and complete additional training courses to keep their knowledge up-to-date and learn new technologies and methods. Keeping an EMT license requires that EMTs keep current with their Unitek EMT training. Depending on the state the EMT is certified in, licenses must be renewed every two to three years. Unitek Education offers a short yet intensive 3-Day EMT Refresher Program that provides the 24 hours of continuing education required for EMT state recertification by NREMT guidelines.

License renewal isn’t the only reason for continuing education. The best EMTs use continuing education as a means to further develop their skills in order to become a better and more effective at their jobs. Unitek Education offers an BLS to ALS course as a 1 day workshop, which prepares EMTs to assist paramedics and hospital staff in a variety of ways, including 12-lead electrocardiograms, nebulized medication, IV and IO administration and monitoring, CPCP, endotracheal tube insertion, and more. EMTs who go above and beyond their basic job duties are invaluable – to their coworkers and their patients.

Regulations Vary by state

It is best to obtain your EMT certification in the state in which you’d like to practice, or a state with stricter regulations that the state in which you’d like to practice. This is because regulations and requirements vary state-to-state. Some states require the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam to be passed for all three certification levels, while others only require it for EMT-P. California is one of the strictest states in terms of EMT certification requirements. In order to become a certified EMT-B in California, students must pass the NREMT and accumulate at least 120 hours of training.

About Unitek EMT

Unitek EMT is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek EMT instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training the covers all major aspects of emergency medical services.

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EMT Training – What to Expect on Your First “Third Ride”

At some point in your EMT training, you will go on a “third ride”. It is called a third ride because you are the third person in the ambulance. There are two paramedics riding up front, and you, the student, the “third rider”, sitting in the back of the ambulance. As the third rider, you are along for the ride (and the learning experience) of your life.

You will probably be pretty nervous. The crew you’re riding with will expect you to be. They were once in your shoes, and they were shaking in them too. Some crews will be understanding and accommodating, letting you sit back and watch. Others will push you to be more active, to help overcome your fears. After all, this is what you will be doing after you graduate. There is no better way to learn than to do.

It’s okay to be nervous, but remember: you are not alone. The crew is there. They are training you. The fire department is there, the police department is there. The pressure is not on you. You are the student, there to experience, and observe, participate when appropriate, and learn. It isn’t all on your shoulders!

The crew is there to do their job, but they will expect you to get involved. Don’t just stand there. If you stand around with your hands in your pockets, not only will you be in the way, but you won’t learn much; and if you’re not learning and not helping, your presence is not only unnecessary, it is literally a danger.

So jump in! Do exactly what you will do when you are a real EMT. Insider tip: As soon as you get to the scene, start taking vitals before you are asked. This will impress the medics you are with. While you are taking vitals, assess the rest of the scene. Listen to the paramedic conduct the patient interview. Listen to the patient’s answers. If the patient says something that you can act on, do so. For example, if they say they are having chest pain, start hooking them up to a monitor so the medic can run an EKG. You will be saving the medic’s time, getting real learning experience, and improving the quality of care for the patient. Get involved and do your best. Doing so will make the most out of your third ride.

emt training what to expect on your first third ride

Emergency Medical Technicians evaluation

The Emergency Medical Technicians you are riding with will be evaluating you. And they will be reporting these evaluations back to your EMT instructors. If you want a great evaluation, ask what your crew expects, and do that. Simply ask them at the beginning of your shift. They will be happy to tell you, and you will be happy you asked. Not only will asking for their advice improve your performance, but your nervousness will decrease because you will have opened up a conversation with your crew.

So, be eager to help, be eager to do, be eager to ask, be eager to listen, and be eager to learn. Most importantly, have fun. This is a great experience and a major turning point in your EMT training. So enjoy it, and make the most of it. It will only serve you well in the future (when you are driving the ambulance and you have our own little third riders coming along).

About Unitek Education

Unitek Education is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek Education’s instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training the covers all major aspects of emergency medical services.

Call our EMT admissions team and our admissions advisors will introduce you to our program, help you enroll, and work out all the other details of your training. Call 888-790-1458 to register for EMT Boot Camp in California now!

Why California is a Great Place to get EMT Training

California is a great place for a host of reasons. Ask a Californian why California is the best state and the answers you get will be as varied and diverse as the state’s residents themselves. We have great weather year-round, sunny beaches, and snowy mountains. We have bustling cities and quiet stretches of farmland. Basically, we have it all. California has always been a vacation destination, but is has also become a mecca for people seeking top-tier EMT training. Located in the Bay Area, Unitek Education offers an accelerated EMT training program in California that prepares students for EMT-B certification.

why california is a great place to get emt training

Unitek Education is located in Fremont, CA – and is basically in the center of the Bay Area. About a 20 minute drive from San Jose, 45 minutes on public transit to San Francisco, you can city-hop with relative ease during your stay here. If you are coming here for training and are from out of the area, you are in good company. Unitek Education can make hotel and car arrangements for you. Unitek Education goal is to make your trip to California as comfortable and stress-free as possible, so you can focus on your EMT training! Because you will need all the focus you can muster during this intensive boot camp*. Accelerated EMT training is short compared to traditional EMT training – condensing six months of training into a short, intense boot camp*.

Just because training is intense, does not mean you won’t have time to make the most of your visit to California! There is plenty to do while you’re here. Attend sporting events, dine out at restaurants, get active outdoors, experience the nightlife, or explore museums – there is a lot to see and do in the Bay Area, so make a list of what most interests you. You’re classmates would probably love to join in on your itinerary.


Bay Area sports are huge these days! So many Bay Area teams did well last season, and everyone is getting pumped for upcoming sports seasons. The Bay Area is home to both the Oakland A’s and the World Series champions, San Francisco Giants. We also have The Oakland Raiders and the NFC champions the SF 49ers. Hockey and basketball are also big here. So if you are a sports fan, you will feel right at home in the Bay Area. Chances are there will be a game for you to attend with your classmates during your time at Unitek Education.


Our intense EMT training will make anyone hungry. Unitek EMT provides lunch to all our boot camp* students, and if you stay at a hotel via Unitek EMT accommodations, breakfast will also be provided. But I encourage you to use dinner time as a chance to explore the diversity of the Bay Area. The Bay Area is home to thousands of amazing restaurants. You will find every kind restaurant, of all types of ethnicities, at all different price ranges. Whether you choose a hole-in-the-wall or a five-star bistro, I promise you will not be disappointed in the options, nor will you try the same thing twice.

Explore the great outdoors

The Bay Area has tons of nature to explore. While you are in Fremont, try hiking up Mission Peak. It is a popular trail for locals, and for good reason – the views at the top are spectacular. There are hiking trails all over the Bay Area. If you’re not too tired after EMT training in the Bay Area, grab some classmates and go exploring!

Next Steps

Call Unitek Education’s EMT admissions team or admissions advisors to receive an introduction on the course, enroll, and work out all the other details of your training. Call Unitek Education at 888-790-1458 to register for your EMT Boot Camp* in California now!

Ten Ways to be a Better EMT

In all areas of life, there is always room for improvement. Take a moment to reflect on your work life to find where improvements could be made. I thought about it this past week, and have written the following tips that will positively impact your life and work as an Emergency Medical Technician.

ten ways to be a better emt

1.  Learn every patient’s name, Then use it. Asking your patients’ name should be the first step in every assessment: take your patients’ wrist, and ask, “What is your name?” Their answer will help you assess airway, circulation, major cranial nerves, and breathing. Now, remember their name. During your time with them, use it. This will make your patient much more comfortable and confident in your abilities as an EMT – drastically improving your patient rapport.

2.  Leave the rig better than you got it. Next time you start your shift, open up the back doors of the rig and just examine it. Is it messy, organized, accessible, a nightmare? Whatever state you find it in, do something that will leave it better for the next crew. You can do something simple – wipe down the cabinet doors, for example. Or go a little further – do an inventory of the jump kit, or set up the pram for the next guys. It doesn’t have to be perfect (it never will be), just better than it was. You will feel better, the next crew will feel better, and who knows, maybe you will start a positive snowball effect of rig-perfecting.

3.  Learn from your peers. Everyone you meet has something to teach you. In terms of your peers, you could learn valuable career-related insights. Engage with your coworkers, find topics they enjoy talking about, and dive in. People love to talk about things they love – use this to your advantage and let them teach you.

4.  Care about your patient. Often times in the rush of things, we drop our patient off at the ER and get back to whatever had our attention before we got the call. “I wasn’t finished reading that post on EMTCourse.com!” I know, happens to me all the time. But I encourage you to get into the habit of staying around the ER after dropping off your patient, time allowing. Staying around the ER will only improve your future performance as an EMT. Use it as an opportunity to learn, ask the doctors what they think is happening and if there was something you could have done differently to improve patient outcome. They may not always be right, but their input is definitely worthy of consideration.

5.  Be the kind of partner you would want to have. Everyone clamors for the best partner. Having a good partner not only makes your job easier, it makes it so much more enjoyable. So if you want to be the best partner, be the partner that everyone else wants. The process is simple: take out a piece of paper, write down all the qualities you would want in a partner, and then strive to embody those qualities.

6.  Master medication. There are so many medications, mastering a working knowledge of all of them and their interactions would be near impossible, but make an effort to understand each new medication you encounter while on call. Don’t recognize it? Write it down, and after your shift, look it up. Keep this up, and by the end of the year, you knowledge of medications and potential interactions will be vastly improved, allowing you to perform your job better.

7.  Research. If you are serious about working in the medical field, you must know that technology and medicine are constantly improving. Many of the practices and equipment you are using now will be completely obsolete in a few years, so pay attention. Stay up to date on the latest research and do your leg work. Being an EMT means committing to a lifetime of learning.

8.  Stop eating junk food. As an Emergency Medical Technician, your job is literally to protect and preserve the health of others. So why neglect your own? I know you work in an ambulance and you are constantly rushed, but make a conscious effort to eat healthier. Bring an apple and skip the drive-through. You will be more energetic and better able to care for your patients. Being out of shape is not only a disservice to yourself, it is a disservice to your patients.

9.  Perfect the full head-to-toe assessment. Yes, this can and should be perfected. A smooth and, more importantly, thorough, assessment is vital in giving the best patient care. Skimping out on certain parts can have disastrous results. Detailed head-to-toes can have life-saving results. They are one of the most important things you can do for your patients. So do them, and do them well.

10.  Claim your contribution. We can enter the EMS field and suddenly be overwhelmed with an uncertainty we’ve never felt before. “Can I actually do this job?” “Do I know enough to actually help this patient, and not harm them?” These are valid concerns, and the stress shows you care. But don’t let it debilitate you. Know that youcan do this job. You were certified for a reason. You were hired for a reason. Ask yourself instead, “How can I contribute?” or “What is unique about my skillset that I can contribute to the team and to my patients?” Seriously, ask yourself. You may be surprised that the answer will probably come immediately. Jump on that, act on it, and contribute the world of EMS in a way that only you can.I hope you find these tips as useful as I have. If you practice them with consistency, I have no doubt you will see major improvements in both your job satisfaction and performance as an Emergency Medical Technicianhttps://www.unitekemt.com/articles/who-should-consider-an-emt-career/.

About Unitek Education

Unitek EMT is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek EMT instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training the covers all major aspects of emergency medical services.

Who Should Consider an EMT Career?

If you are considering a career in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), you have come to the right place. This post will explore the pros and cons of EMS training. The Emergency Medical Services field is growing rapidly right now. It is an exciting time to be an Emergency Medical Technician. But even on a personal, day-to-day level, EMS is an exciting career field. EMS professionals provide care to patients in their most urgent time of need. Providing this type of urgent and immediate care is very rewarding. People in the EMS field do have routine work as well, but it is often minimal. The exciting part is being dispatched on a call, because no one ever really knows what to expect. If you are looking for a dynamic workplace, an avenue in which to serve the community at large, and are both physically and mentally fit, EMS training, and a career in EMS may be perfect for you.

who should consider an emt career

Dynamic workplace – The EMS field is one of the most dynamic workplaces there is. Every call is different. Every scene is new. Every patient is unique. As an EMT, you will never be bored at work because work is never the same from day to day. An EMS career truly dynamic.

Service to the community – Being in the EMS is being in service to the community. Everyone calls 911 during an emergency; Everyone calls you. As an EMT you have the duty to serve them to the best of your ability. Many EMTs say this is the most rewarding aspect of their career. EMTs live and breathe to serve others, and get paid for it. Service is of the upmost importance in the EMS field.

Physical and mental fitness – Working in EMS is by no means a desk job – you are constantly on the go, and because of this, physical fitness is paramount to stellar job performance. Mental health is also extremely important. More often than not, you will be meeting people in great distress. You will have to remain calm yourself, in order to help your patients calm down. You will also be called to some horrific scenes. It is hard for anyone to witness tragedy, but EMS personnel are faced with it more than most, and have to cope with it in healthy and productive ways.

In conclusion, a career in the Emergency Medical Services can be a rewarding life’s work. There are many fields to go into once entering the EMS: ambulance personnel, Fire or Police Departments, the military, hospitals that offer EMS care, the possibilities are limitless. After you complete your EMT training, you can decide where you want to take it and what you want to do.According to research by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMS providers are some of the happiest people in their jobs (NREMT, 4/2013 https://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/becomeInvolvedInEMS.asp). Going into the EMS field is both an accomplishment and a promise. It is an accomplishment because EMS testing and regulations require dedication on the part of the student. It is a promise because people in the EMS are the first responders to emergencies, and being in the EMS is a promise to society that you will be there for them in a time of need.

Next steps – If serving the community in a dynamic and ever-changing workplace sounds compelling, a career in the EMS field would probably be a good fit for you. Unitek Education is a premier provider of accelerated EMT training. Learn more about what it takes to be an EMT: call 888-790-1458 for information or to register for the hottest EMT Boot Camp* in California now!