Emergency Medical Technician jobs require possessing an EMT certification. The certification requires passing practical and written examination in order to gain the certificate. EMT certification was designed to set the standard for everyone working as an emergency medical technician. EMTs provide emergency medical care so Emergency Medical Technician training is designed to give the skills and knowledge required to perform the tasks associated with the job.
An EMT responds to emergency calls and may work for an ambulance service in either a volunteer or paid position. Emergency Medical Technicians can be part of technical rescue squads or an allied service such as police or fire departments. Certification as an EMT depends on the level of training possessed which is set by standards for certifications. Individual states can set the standards for licensure or certification. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets the curriculum standard minimum that all training for Emergency Medical Technicians must meet. The NHTSA educational guidelines are used for the exams offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The NREMT is a private organization.
Emergency Medical Technician jobs are had in a variety of settings that include pre-hospital environments, health care settings such as hospitals in entertainment and industrial first aid positions. Preparing for these jobs requires Emergency Medical Technician training which covers various levels and degrees of difficulty. The job often requires EMTs to go to homes or the scene of accidents. The EMT is responsible for assessing conditions and gives necessary first aid treatments. The training received covers virtually every aspect of emergency care to prepare them to handle virtually any situation.
Emergency Medical Technicians work with the rest of the medical team to obtain as much information possible about the condition of the patient. It is the responsibility of the EMTs to give hospital staff as much information about the situation as they possibly can in order to ensure the best treatment possible is given. Emergency Medical Technician salary will vary depending on the specific certification held as there are varying levels.
The job description of the EMT includes more than merely keeping patients alive. They are responsible for controlling bleeding, splinting, treating injuries and more. There is special education and training required for both paramedic and EMT jobs. The certification required to practice as an EMT has to be renewed every couple of years to ensure skill levels are current. Emergency Medical Technician salary is lower than the salary of Paramedics since the position in one of the lower levels of Emergency Medical Services. The salary will also vary based on location.
In larger communities EMTs are paid positions while in smaller areas they are typically volunteers. Emergency Medical Technicians can be a part of medical flight teams that transports patients that are seriously injured or ill to trauma centers. There is various training required to become and EMT which requires a high school diploma be had in order to complete. State regulations vary from thirty to three hundred hours of training being required for an EMT.
Emergency Medical Technician jobs require special certification requirements to be met and documentation that these requirements have been met should be had when applying for the position. The rate of pay will depend on the location and level of skill possessed since there are different levels of skill for EMTs. The field of Emergency Medicine is a stressful one that takes a high level of skill to carry out. Professional and personal references will need to be had when seeking employment as an EMT. A high school diploma is required to complete the training associated with the testing.