First Steps to becoming an EMT? Where do I start?

BDiego

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I want to become an EMT to start off and become a Paramedic but I need to know what's the best route to becoming an EMT. Thank you in advance!
 

Jim37F

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Find a local EMT training program. Often a semester long course at your local community college, a few 4-6 week "Accelerated Academies" exist, google EMT training and your location.

Pick a school, apply, spend the money, go to class.

May need a CPR card before hand, may not. Check the specific EMT program requirements you're applying too.
 

mgr22

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Do you have any opportunities to volunteer locally? If so, you can probably take the EMT course for free in return for a time commitment.
 

EpiEMS

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^ and ^^

If you are cash strapped, you can get your EMT for free. If you want to speed things up, it’s easily done - you can get your EMT in a matter of months (or even as little as a month, full time).

Also, make sure you understand what you’re getting into from a career perspective: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/mobile/emts-and-paramedics.htm
Despite a lot of growth in the number of roles, compensation isn’t where it ought to be.
 

NomadicMedic

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Lots of agencies are now doing “earn while you learn” recruit academy style training. That’ll get you trained I get, you’ll get paid while you’re in class and you’ll have a job when you’re done.

the big question is, where are you located? That’ll help us point you in the right direction.
 
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BDiego

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Lots of agencies are now doing “earn while you learn” recruit academy style training. That’ll get you trained I get, you’ll get paid while you’re in class and you’ll have a job when you’re done.

the big question is, where are you located? That’ll help us point you in the right direction.
I am located in Indianapolis, Indiana but I will be going to Savannah, Georgia soon
 

NomadicMedic

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I am located in Indianapolis, Indiana but I will be going to Savannah, Georgia soon
Savannah Tech and Rescue Training both offer EMT programs. I think Chatham EMS has a recruit academy, where they pay you to become an EMT.
 

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If you are in Indianapolis you may want to check out Pelham Training in Bloomfield Indiana. Did my EMT there 2 years ago. Really liked the program and instructors. It is only 17 days but is a bit pricey.
 
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