Most people had big dreams when they were young. Can you remember back to when you were only a child, or perhaps your own kids have done or said the same thing, “I want to be a fire man or a police man when I grow up.” An EMT is not far from that very desire. The desire to save somebody’s life is one thing, I believe, to be a normal part of growing up, but sometimes along the journey of growing up we lose sight of those childhood dreams and passions, and sadly they are left behind with our many dreams that most people labeled as useless or impossible. Look inside yourself, find that dream and dust it off.
Bring it back into the open and think about how you can attain it. Saving someone’s life may be as easy as a phone call or perhaps a hello at the right time, or it may be as complex as physically saving their life by giving intravenous fluids or inserting an airway device for somebody unable to breathe on their own. These skills are ones you will learn when you begin the EMT courses to receive certification as an emergency medical technician.
If you’re planning on becoming a police officer, or a fire fighter, you will be required to get certification of the beginner or novice level of EMT training. This level includes knowledge of basic first aid skills, as well as simple assessment of a victim and the proper course of action to take for them. This level of EMT is most often referred to as the first responder EMT due to the fact that those that most usually receive certification at this level are either police officers or fire fighters, and they’re more often than not the first to respond to a scene.
The first official level for EMT certification is EMT-1 or EMT-Basic. The skills acquired at this level are those of the first responders’ level, as well as additional skills for treating damaged bones, emergency baby delivery, how to deal with blood borne pathogens, and so on. By successfully completing this course, you will receive your certification and be registered with the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) those that choose to continue their education in EMT, will move on to the next level. The following level, EMT-2 & 3 or EMT-Intermediate, requires more classroom hours in addition to those fulfilled in the basic level. The abilities are enhanced in their detail as well as intensity. The applicant, after having successfully completed the course, will receive certification as an EMT-Intermediate, and will be registered with the NREMT as well. To begin this level, you must be registered with the NREMT already as an EMT-basic. Along with the skills improving, so do the responsibilities, and you are taught an entirely distinct means of addressing crisis’ you come across. By carrying on to the next level, you will increase your opportunity of finding a better paying job, due to the experience you’ll get as well as the knowledge and skills you will master.
The final level, EMT-4 or EMT-Paramedic, is the highest level you can achieve as an emergency medical technician. Achieving this level demands approximately 2,000 classroom hours, 100 + hours served in an emergency room at a hospital, as well as registration with the NREMT. Those that make it to this level, most generally carry on on as physicians assistant, or even higher. Successfully completing this level heightens your chances of discovering better occupations, and puts you more directly in contact with crisis situations and individuals needing your help. Conserving lives may not be your ultimate goal when you begin the EMT courses, but ultimately you may just end up saving someone’s life, and just because you made the choice to educate yourself, they will have a second chance at life. Join the people that are EMTs, enjoy your life — save someone else’s.