Emergency Medical Technician
People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.
In an emergency, EMTs are typically dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene, where they often work with police and fire fighters. Once they arrive, EMTs assess the nature of the patient's condition, while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following protocols and guidelines, they provide emergency care and transport the patient to a medical facility. EMTs operate in an emergency medical services systems where a physician provides medical direction and oversight.
EMTs use special equipment, such as backboards, to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility. These workers generally work in teams with a driver. During the transport of a patient, two EMTs monitor the patient's vital signs and gives additional care, as needed.
At the medical facility, EMTs help transfer patients to the emergency department and report their observations and actions to emergency department staff. After each run, EMTs document the trip, replace used supplies and check equipment. If a transported patient has a contagious disease, EMTs decontaminate the interior of the ambulance and report cases to the proper authorities.
The EMT-Basic represents the first response of the emergency medical system. An EMT trained at this level is prepared to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. The EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.
EMTs work both indoors and out, in all types of weather. They are required to do considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy lifting. These workers are at a higher risk for contracting illnesses or experiencing injuries on the job than workers in other occupations. They risk noise-induced hearing loss from sirens and back injuries from lifting patients. In addition, EMTs may be exposed to communicable diseases, such as hepatitis-B and AIDS, as well as to violence from mentally unstable or combative patients. The work is not only physically strenuous but can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and suffering patients. Nonetheless, many people find the work exciting and challenging and enjoy the opportunity to help others. The EMT-Basic is the backbone of the EMS system!
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- Reside within Twin Bridge Service area or stay at headquarters when on call.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Successful completion of a DHFS approved EMT-Basic 144 hour course.
- Current professional rescuer CPR certification.
- Successful completion of a National Registry written and practical exam.
- No arrest or conviction record substantially related to performance as an EMT