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Why Become an EMS Provider?

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are often the first members of the health care team to respond to an accident, fire, heart attack, drowning, or other medical emergencies. The responsibility of making life and death decisions, then taking action based on those decisions, is part of the everyday job.

EMTs and paramedics work under physical and emotional stress, using special training to assess and care for the immediate medical needs of emergency patients and transport them safely to the hospital. Duringtransport, EMTs and paramedics will transmit vital signs and other information and receive medical instructions from hospital-based physicians.

Depending on the level of training and certification, EMTs and paramedics perform functions which range from basic life support, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), to active life support including administration of drugs; placing patients on stretchers and lifting them into and out of the ambulance; observing, recording and reporting the patient's condition; and keeping detailed records about the treatment of patients while in their care. Maintaining the ambulance equipment and participating in first aid education programs are also included in their duties.

How to Become an EMS Provider

The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services offers certification at the varying levels. The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services offers certification at the following levels:
  • Certified First Responder (CFR)
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B)
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician -Intermediate (AEMT-I)
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician-Critical Care (AEMT-CC)
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (AEMT-P)
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