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How Do You Become An EMT?  
User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 32
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 2429 times:

Thinking about a career change and I have always been interested in being an EMT. I am currently an airline Customer Service Agent and am getting pretty burned out. Is this something that you do via community college, a tech school or what? I am 32 years old BTW. Am I too old to start this?


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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 2420 times:

Most medium or large community colleges have Paramedic/EMT training programs. Check with your local institutions on that. Another way would be to join a volunteer fire department, if there is one in your area. It would probably take longer, but they often have squad members trained as Paramedics/EMTs too.

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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 2409 times:

Here's a site with some info for you.

Formal training and certification is needed to become an EMT or paramedic. All 50 States have a certification procedure. In most States and the District of Columbia, registration with the NREMT is required at some or all levels of certification. Other States administer their own certification examination or provide the option of taking the NREMT examination. To maintain certification, EMTs and paramedics must reregister, usually every 2 years. In order to reregister, an individual must be working as an EMT or paramedic and meet a continuing education requirement.

Training is offered at progressive levels: EMT-Basic, also known as EMT-1; EMT-Intermediate, or EMT-2 and EMT-3; and EMT-Paramedic, or EMT-4. EMT-Basic coursework typically emphasizes emergency skills, such as managing respiratory, trauma, and cardiac emergencies, and patient assessment. Formal courses are often combined with time in an emergency room or ambulance. The program also provides instruction and practice in dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn how to use and maintain common emergency equipment, such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers. Graduates of approved EMT basic training programs who pass a written and practical examination administered by the State certifying agency or the NREMT earn the title “Registered EMT-Basic.” The course also is a prerequisite for EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic training.



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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 2389 times:

A quick search produced this link, which links to a few other schools:

And here are the qualifications in Florida:
Doesn't have any *maximum* age, and you're well above the minimum.  Smile

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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

Thanks all! Great info!
Redngold, you are always a wealth of information! Especially on medical things  Big thumbs up
I did a quick search but did'nt come up with much. I was looking for something in TPA. I found Hillsboro Community College in Plant City but that is a bit of a drive (almost an hour) clear across the county to go for school.


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User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

I've been an EMT for 12 years, very interesting at times. But I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Most classes are ran through your local community college, or higher learning institute, it varies from state to state and area to area. Everywhere I know you have to be "sponsored" by a service, meaning you have to join somewhere. Stop by or call your local ambulance service or fire station, they'll be able to help (a lot of volunteer fire departments run an ambulance).

Classes usually run on Saturdays, or two nights a week for about 3 months. Price varies as well, maybe $40-50, not including books, supplies, etc. But don't worry, it's not too expensive. Are you planning on going to Paramedic school afterwards? That will cost you about $1000 and take about 6 months to a year and is a lot more intense. The difference in Paramedic is you can administer drugs and narcotics, start IV's, manage airways by intubating patients, cardiovewrsion, etc. So the skill and training is higher. As an EMT you medical skills are kind of basic, but just as important none the less.

Are you planning on volunteering or as a job? Just an FYI the days of volunteers are drastically decreasing, so you may be helping your local volunteer squads greatly, but there are still many very strong volunteer departments around. Starting pay around where I live in Pittsburgh is $8-9 an hour, $12 and up for a paramedic.

If your looking to go paid, the good paying jobs are with major cities or municipalities. Private services sometimes pay well, but is boring since you do a lot of transports (hospital to nursing homes, etc). Since you say your burned out at your current job, be careful as some services are VERY busy. It's all in what you put in to it. And your never too old to go to EMT school, I know plenty of people who went in their 30's, 40's, etc.

Let me know if you have any questions or need help. Best of luck to you!!!!

[Edited 2005-02-27 23:49:11]

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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Thanks AGC525!!!!!
Great info! I would like to go all the way with it. Definitely become a Paramedic  Smile
I would need to do this for a job. I get paid about 16.00 after 8 years with my current employer. Topping out about 23.00 after 10 years. (Need to check the union contract to be certain) It does get kinda monotonous going "Next in line! Hi! Where are you going? Last name? How many bags are you checking? May I see your id please. I'm sorry sir/maam, all the A's are already given out" Several hundred times a day. EMT is something I have wanted to do since I was little and used to watch that old show EMERGENCY! My dad yelled at me once for considering it because he thought I was stupid for wanting to put my life in danger to help "drug addicts and the like in the bad parts of town" BTW, how do you end up being part of a medical evac team?


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User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

To make that type of money, getting on with a city is the best bet. But you'll have to start out somewhere smaller to get experience and the training. One thing you'll like is you have your standard calls, but I've been on thousands of calls and none of them are ever the same. You'll like that variety. I'm only 27, so I never watched Emergency, just re-runs, but you have NO IDEA how many people in fire and EMS say they got interested by that show. It's amazing!

Getting on with a helicopter medevac is a little more in depth. ( I work as a communications specialst for one, STAT MedEvac). We're one of the largest and busiest in the world. Some flight services run just nurses, but a lot including us use a Paramedic and Nurse, that's pretty much standard. You'll need to get an extra class in critical care, and have a few years experience as a medic. of course the pay is more, and since you obviously love aviation, you get to fly A LOT, and some services (us included) run fixed wing as well. So you may walk into work and before you know it your flying to Germany to pick up a patient.

One good thing is that you could volunteer as an EMT while you have your current job, and see if you really like it, intead of making the commitment and realizing it's not for you.

Check us out - http://www.statmedevac.com

[Edited 2005-02-28 00:23:54]

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User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Good choice! I am currently about mid way through my EMT-B course in Massachusetts. Its something I've always wanted to do on my way to becoming a firefighter or police officer. I cant wait to get my certification and start working this summer.
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