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Learn How Local Emergency Medical Services Are Working with Local Fire Departments and Their Community to Help Save Lives

March 7, 2009 0 Comments

Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are often the first response to medical emergencies such as fires, car crashes, heart attacks and other events that require medical assistance. Paramedics administer emergency care, record medical problems and vital signs of patients and transport them safely to hospitals, where they are treated by doctors. Paramedics work in a fast paced and often high-stress environment. Paramedics may work for a hospital, local college or firehouse. Individuals with emergency medical services training who work with firehouses serve a particularly critical role, as they are often the first individuals on the scene of the most severe emergencies.

Work as Part of a Firehouse Team. What Role do Paramedics Play?
Paramedics who are part of firehouse teams are dispatched when a firehouse is notified of an emergency. Firehouse paramedics help treat burn victims, patients who struggle to breathe after being exposed to the smoke of a large fire and other casualties caused by a fire. It is crucial that these paramedics, who must make fast life or death decisions, complete emergency medical services courses and emergency medical services training to learn how to determine previous medical conditions of their patients and administer the appropriate treatments.

Some cities, such as Washington DC, have moved to combine the efforts of a city's fire department and emergency medical services department into an "all hazards agency," according to the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Where Else Can One Work with Emergency Medical Services Training?
Interested in emergency medical courses and emergency medical training but working with a fire departments isn't for you? Paramedics, who have completed emergency medical services courses and emergency medical services training, are major contributors to the general well-being of their community as well. Individuals with emergency medical services diplomas may find employment opportunities with hospitals or with local colleges. Most colleges maintain paramedic teams for emergencies on campus. These paramedics continue to play an important role, under typically less stressful conditions.

Where Can I Take Emergency Medical Services Courses and Get Emergency Medical Services Training?
Emergency medical services classes and emergency medical services training are imperative. Paramedics must make quick decisions that can often greatly impact the health of emergency victims. They frequently work in life or death situations. Emergency medical services training and emergency medical services classes can train you to be a front-line fighter for those afflicted by fires or other emergencies and make a lasting difference in the lives of members of your community.

The field of paramedics is expected to increase by 19%, from 2006 to 2016, faster than the national average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities for those with emergency medical services training, who have completed emergency medical services diploma programs, are expected to increase as a demand for non-volunteer paramedics rises.

Sanford-Brown College-Fenton offers students emergency medical services classes and emergency medical services training. Our Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services and our Diploma program in Emergency Medical Services have helped produce valuable and successful young professionals in the emergency medical service field. The program teaches students through lectures, laboratory courses and a supervised externship in emergency medical services. Click here to learn more about our emergency medical services programs and how you can begin pursuing your career in emergency medical services today.

Sanford-Brown - Fenton is close to many locations:
Ballwin, MO - approximately 8.0 miles
St. Peters, MO - approximately 28.2 miles
O'Fallon, MO - approximately 28.0 miles
St. Louis, MO - approximately 19.7 miles


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, on the Internet at (visited January 13, 2009).


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