ROLE OF THE EMS PROVIDER
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
and Paramedics are allied health professionals whose primary focus is to
provide basic and advanced emergency medical care for patients who access the
emergency medical system. These individuals possess the complex knowledge and
skills necessary to provide competent care and transportation to those with
critical and emergent conditions.
Both Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
function as part of a comprehensive EMS response under medical oversight. Emergency
Medical Technicians are entry level providers of basic emergency care. Paramedics
perform interventions with the basic and advanced supplies and equipment
typically found in an ambulance. These providers are an
essential link from the scene into the health care system.
The Emergency Medical Technician’s scope of practice
includes basic life support skills and important patient assessment techniques.
The Paramedic’s scope of practice expounds on that of the Emergency Medical
Technician and includes advanced life support skills including invasive and
pharmacological interventions to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated
with acute out-of-hospital medical and traumatic emergencies. These providers
must focus on the acute management and transportation of the broad range of
patients who access the emergency medical system. This may occur at an
emergency scene until transportation resources arrive, from an emergency scene
to a health care facility, between health care facilities, or in other health
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics must both
demonstrate each competency within his or her scope of practice in a wide
variety of environmental conditions and for patients of all ages. Emergency
care is based on patient assessment and the formulation of a field impression. Emergency
Medical Technicians and Paramedics provide care designed to minimize secondary
injury and provide comfort to the patient and family. Their role may include
transporting the patient to an appropriate health care facility or
appropriately executing other patient dispensation options.
These providers must
demonstrate the willingness to care for people with compassion, an awareness of
their abilities and limitations, strong inter-personal and communication
skills, and a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment while under stress. They
must blend multiple intelligences with common sense and be service oriented.
This program is a comprehensive
course including lectures, hands on
training and “live” fire exercises.
This program will prepare the student to
become a State Certified Firefighter.
The program is four months (one
semester) in duration and requires
206 clock hours.
Firefighter program application
Firefighter 1 textbook
|| IFSTA / Brady
Essentials of Firefighting and Fire
Department Operations, 6e
©2013 | ISBN: 0-13-325144-6
We are accepting applications for the FireFighter 1 program at this time.
Have you thought about becoming a volunteer fire fighter? Do you
think you have what it takes to serve your community as a rescue
professional? Please visit the Florida Fire Chief's Association website
to learn about opportunities in your area.
North Florida Community College
325 NW Turner Davis Drive
Madison, Florida 32340
TELEPHONE: (850) 973-1673
FAX: (850) 973-1713