Emergency Medical Technician



Individuals trained to quickly respond to emergency medical situations , traumatic injuries and accident scenes.

What They do Daily

  • Respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance.
  • Assess a patient’s condition and determine the best possible way of treatment.
  • Use backboards and restraints to keep patients still and safe in an ambulance during transport.
  • Assist in transferring patients to the emergency department of a health care department.
  • Replace used supplies and assess or clean equipment after use.
  • Create a patient care report, documenting the medical care given to the patient.

Their Work Environment and Hours

Education and What it takes to be one

Education Beforehand

  • High school diploma

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

Classes that are typically taken...

They may take classes on:

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • cardiology
  • medications
  • and medical procedures

EMT and paramedic courses consist of lectures, hands-on skills training, and clinical and/or field internships.

Hours required (class time)

EMT-b level
  • 150 hours

Advanced EMT level

  • 300 hours


  • 1,200 hours
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  • They can earn anywhere from 23,844 to 37,905.

  • Average salary as of this month (September) is 30, 324.

  • Hourly rate in Fort Wayne was 14.91 as of 2012


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