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

The emergency medical technician (EMT) is a job where a person works on an ambulance and takes care of sick and hurt people. EMTs long ago were called "ambulance drivers," since much of the work is to bring people to an emergency room. The other main duty is first aid including:[1]


In the United States, each state decides what their EMTs can do. Things like the examples in the list above are things that every EMT in every state can do. But each's states treatment protocols - their rules for what their EMTs can do - are different. For example:

Related pages


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (January 8, 2014). "Occupational Outlook Handbook: EMTs and Paramedics, 2014-2015 Edition". Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  2. Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services. "Emergency Medical Services Statewide Treatment Protocols". 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". Retrieved December 14, 2015. 

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