Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) deliver pre-hospital emergency care at the scene of an injury or sudden illness. The EMT, whether paid or volunteer, is a vital link in the chain from the emergency scene to the hospital. The first steps taken by an EMT can mean the difference between life and death for the patient. EMTs care for patients by using basic life support skills, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bleeding control techniques, fracture care, defibrillation (AED) and assistance in childbirth. EMTs use their skills under the supervision of a physician, through radio communication and written protocols.
Some EMTs are trained to provide specific advanced life support:
Each level above EMT adds additional dimensions to the caregiver's capabilities.
By state regulation, the EMT must be at least 18 years old. Generally, the knowledge and skills required show the need for a high school education or equivalent.
An EMT must complete a state-approved course and achieve passing scores on a practical skills and written examination.
Most employers require a valid driver's license and prefer a safe driving record.
Previous related training or experience may be helpful but is not required for entry into an EMT training program.
The cost of training for EMTs who are members of an EMS agency or fire department may be covered. Candidates may be required to purchase a textbook. For more information, contact Oswego County EMO/EMS.
The EMT's job requires the following skills and physical abilities:
For more information on emergency medical services, visit the Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Website at www.oswegocounty.com/EMS.
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