Emergency medical technician

health care provider of emergency medical services

An emergency medical technician (EMT) is someone who works on an ambulance and takes care of sick and hurt people. EMTs used to be called "ambulance drivers," since much of their work is bringing people to an emergency room. Their other main duty is first aid including:[1]

The Star of Life, a global symbol of the emergency medical service
Learning to evacuate an injured person

In the United States


In the United States, each state decides what their EMTs can do. EMTs in every state are allowed to perform first aid. Each state has different rules for exactly what their EMTs can do. These rules are called treatment protocols. For example:



  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (January 8, 2014). "Occupational Outlook Handbook: EMTs and Paramedics, 2014-2015 Edition". www.bls.gov. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  2. Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services. "Emergency Medical Services Statewide Treatment Protocols". www.mass.gov. Executive Office of Health & Human Services. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  3. New Hampshire Department of Safety (January 2013). "State of New Hampshire Patient Care Protocols" (PDF). www.mass.gov. Retrieved December 14, 2015.

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