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Do You Need a Medical First Responder Certification to Become an EMT?
October 26, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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If you’re looking to become an EMT, first of all, congrats. That’s an exciting endeavor, and you won’t regret it. However, with this decision comes a lot of daunting steps ahead. You may be wondering what lies beyond and what steps you need to take to become an EMT.

At Mobile Medical Response, we are experts in all things emergency medical and first responder. Whether you need CPR training or are looking to become an emergency first responder, we have a course or test for you. Since 1994, we have been providing high-performance medical transportation services across mid and northern Michigan. Our team at Mobile Medical Response proudly boasts national and international accreditation for ambulance service, EMS education, and medical dispatch—demonstrating quality care and operational excellence in the ambulance industry at its absolute best.

Without further ado, below is a brief download on EMTs and EMT training—with a special focus on medical first responder certification.

What is an EMT?

Before we dive into the qualifications necessary to become an EMT, let’s first look at what an EMT is. An emergency medical technician (EMT), which can also be referred to as an ambulance technician, is a medical professional that facilitates emergency medical services. EMTs and ambulance technicians are most commonly found working in ambulances.

EMTs respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls with patient transportation through an ambulance. The fundamental responsibility of an EMT is to transport and care for the medically ill or traumatically injured.

EMT students must complete a course that’s a minimum of 170 hours in length. EMTs are trained to assess a patient and determine if there are any life threatening injuries or illnesses present on site and in the ambulance. Their medical services could include splinting injuries for a patient following a motor vehicle collision, administering life saving epinephrine for a patient suffering an allergic reaction, or even providing CPR to a patient in cardiac arrest.

Many people struggle to understand the difference between paramedics and EMTs and while they can be subtle to the untrained eye, they are certainly there. At their core, paramedics are EMTs with more extensive training and a more comprehensive skill set. Where EMTs must complete at least 170 hours of course work, paramedics must complete a program between 1,200 and 1,800 hours of work that may last between six and twelve months. Some topics covered in a basic paramedic course