The rewards of being an EMT are immeasurable, but it is not a job for everyone. Do some self-examination before you decide to take an EMT training class. Here are some things to consider:
- Being an EMT is a substantial time commitment.
- Do you have the time to take a 4-6 month training class (~100 hours of classroom training)?
- Do you have the time to do on-the-job training for an additional 4-6 months?
- While in class and in training, you will be expected to spend at least 20 hours/month volunteering on the ambulance.
- After your training is complete, can you commit to a consistent 12+ hours/month to work on the road as an EMT?
- Do you have the time to attend quarterly mandatory training classes?
- Can you handle the sight & smell of body fluids (blood, urine, vomit, feces), deep cuts, broken bones, needles, etc.?
- Can you handle stressful situations?
- How is your strength? If you had a partner, could you carry a 200+ pound patient down a flight of stairs?
- Can you make decisions?
- Do you have good communication skills?
- Are you a team player?
If you think being an EMT is the right job for you, see Where to take an EMT Original class.
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