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The need for a skilled EMT is never ending. It does not equal with a number of qualified technician available. Due to the increasing number of people having their own private vehicles in some developed countries and high traffic transportation which has high risk of accidents, the number of EMTs should be increased to meet the requirements. It has been proven in some cases their quick response to accidents and high expertise becomes major reason for many lives survive. Apart from valuable service they have given, the post of emergency treatment is still regarded as rewarding job.

The responsibility and duty of EMTs will vary due to certification and training each individual gets. They also receive different salary which depends on the level of skills, location and training. The more potential accident to some places will affect higher salary due to higher responsibility it takes. In general, many EMTs are classified to one of 5 levels which are officially controlled by NREMT or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. These five levels are urgent to classify the skills of EMTs in order to deliver proper service to injured people. The five levels are determined through EMT tests. Thus before attending the official EMT tests, it is recommended to apply the EMT basic practice test as pre-exercise.



Understanding the five levels of EMT certifications

What are the five levels? They are 1) First responder, 2) EMT-Basic, 3) EMT-Intermediate/85, 4) EMT-Intermediate-99, and 5) Paramedic. The function of NREMT itself is to maintain some certifications of EMT which shows a ladder of escalating knowledge, ability ad skills for skilled EMT. In fact each certification shows different expertise. Let’s see the most basic level of EMT “first responder which has the lowest knowledge and skill about medical treatment. Firefighters and policemen are required to learn this basic level to help victims if needed.

higher levels of EMT certifications

The higher level of certification is EMT-Basic which requires EMT undergo some practices to understand basic life support. The Intermediate/85 (EMT-I) is higher than EMT Basic which is based on the 1985 standard curriculum of Intermediate level. The next level is intermediate/99 (EMT-I) using the 1999 standard curriculum of intermediate skill. The highest level is paramedic or EMT-P. It is backed by the NREMT. As the premier level of EMT certification, it can manage a wide array of medications and delivers advanced life service and also performs some electrical therapy and advanced surgical. These five levels of EMT certification will determine how professional each EMT in managing medical issue. As high reputable job which is closely related to human life, it deserves high appreciation for valuable service they have given for survival.