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Starting a career with medical first responder training
March 23, 2022 at 4:00 AM
An ambulance speeding down the road.

When someone is seriously hurt and requires an emergency trip to the hospital, there’s a good chance that a team of qualified first responders will be the ones to bring them there. But what kinds of first responders might they be? Depending on the situation, you may be receiving help from an ambulance full of EMTs, firefighters, or other types of professionals using their skills to deal with your particular type of emergency.

While there’s certainly variety to be found in the number of different career fields you might enter, they all rely on a similar set of basic skills that training as a medical first responder will prepare you with. Learning these skills may serve as a first step toward a longer, more focused training path, or as a general foundation for other jobs that may require you to perform emergency first aid.

So what skills does training provide you, and what kinds of careers does learning them effectively prepare you for? In this blog post, we’ll take a deeper dive into these topics, providing an overview of the skills a medical first responder learns, some of the careers someone with this kind of training will be better prepared for, and what you can expect from a training program.

What skills does a medical first responder learn?

Medical first responder training prepares you with a set of basic emergency first aid skills and techniques that prepare you to provide pre-hospital care when needed. These skills are essential when an incident occurs that requires immediate action to stabilize a person’s condition until they’re able to reach a hospital. They include:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Spinal and bone fracture immobilization
  • First-Aid
  • Airway control

While the topics and skills you’ll learn in a medical first responder training program are more advanced than the basic CPR and other techniques you might learn in a setting like a BLS course, they aren’t as advanced as what you’d learn if you were undergoing more advanced, focused training as an EMT.

What this may mean for you, though, is that you aren’t set on a more narrow career path by taking on this kind of training. Instead, you’re being prepared for a wider set of potential roles that don’t necessarily require the more complex care of an EMT, but still may need to be able to deal with emergency medical situations that can arise during the course of your work.

Careers you can enter as a medical first responder

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