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What is the difference between an EMT and a paramedic?

Emergency Medical Technicians

EMT-Basics are often referred to as EMT's. EMT's are trained to provide basic-level life support to persons who are hurt or injured. EMT's can perform CPR, artificial ventilations, oxygen administration, basic airway management, spinal immobilization, vital signs and bandaging/splinting, and can administer a limited amount of life-saving medications.


The highest skilled pre-hospital provider is the Paramedic. Paramedics are licensed healthcare professionals who provide the most extensive pre-hospital advanced life support. Paramedics provide care that is on par with that of the emergency room. During a medical emergency Paramedics can provide advanced life support care including: advanced airway management, endotracheal intubation (breathing tube), manual defibrillation, external transcutaneous pacing, EKG monitoring, 12-lead EKG acquisition and interpretation, IV fluid therapy, interosseous infusions, hemodynamic monitoring, needle chest decompressions, surgical airways, administration of a wide array of critical care medications and mechanical ventilation. Paramedics maintain specialty classifications once licensed, such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support and Critical Care Paramedic

Move To The Right!

Do you know what to do when an emergency vehicle is approaching?

Every day, emergency vehicles respond to urgent requests for help from the public. The call may be for an armed hold-up in progress, fire alarm, or someone having a heart attack. All drivers must know their responsibilities when approached by an emergency vehicle with lights flashing and siren sounding.

Do you know what to do?

Precious minutes lost while responding to an emergency can be the difference between life and death. Help us help others by pulling to the right and stopping!

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