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7 Interesting Facts About Paramedics

Here’s a few interesting facts about paramedics and EMTs.  See if you can guess any of the answers before looking.

1.  What does the EMS (emergency medical service) symbol stand for?

The six points in the star represent the six tasks of an emergency rescuer.

  • Detection
  • Reporting
  • Response
  • On Scene Care
  • In Transit Care
  • Transfer to Definitive Care

The snake wrapped around the pole is a whole different story.  And what I mean is that there are two different stories behind the symbol.  The first group of people calling it the “rod of Asclepius”.  The Greek myth behind this is that Asclepius was the demigod of medicine and healing.  He was said to even have brought patients back from the dead.

The second group believes that the serpent on the rod represent the Israelites’ curse from God.  In the book of Numbers chapter 21, the Israelites grumbled against God, so He sent fiery serpents among them to bite and kill the people.  When they cried out to God, He told Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it upon a pole and whomever chose to look up at the serpent on the pole would live.

2.  What is the EMS prayer?

As I perform my duties, whatever may be the call.

Help to guide and keep me safe from dangers big and small.

I want to serve and do my best, no matter what the scene.

I pledge to keep my skills refined, my judgment quick and keen.

This calling to give of myself, most do not understand.

But I stand ready all the time, to help my fellow man.

To have a chance to help a child, restore their laugh with glee.

A word of thanks I may not hear, but knowing is enough for me.

The praise of men is fine for some, but I feel truly blessed;

that I have been with chosen few, to serve in EMS.

3.  Do paramedics have unions?

In 2008 the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that 27% of EMS staff were unionized.

4.  Is a paramedic an EMT?

Yes! But….an EMT is not necessarily a paramedic. You see there are levels of certifications that one has to pass through to become the highest form of EMT, the paramedic. So an EMT is not necessarily a paramedic, but a paramedic is an EMT.

5.  As a paramedic, are you ONLY allowed to work in hospitals and in ambulances?

No.  There are other venues that you are allowed to work in such as: the military, research labs, fire departments, police departments, and private companies to name a few.

6.  What are the top three schools for EMS training?

  • Drury University (Springfield, MO)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Maryland (Baltimore County)

7.  What are two of the specialty certifications for a paramedic?

  • Wilderness Paramedic
  • Flight Paramedic

Hope you did a great job on the fake quiz!  :)

8 Responses so far.

  1. sara says:

    thank you for this !
    i used this for my career action plan for school and added this to my fun facts area, i got 96 percent.

    i just want to thank you very much :)

    • admin says:

      If you are the only person I can help with this article, it’s
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      Thanks for letting me know about it! So happy for you!

  2. ggggg says:

    This website is awesome

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much. I just want people to have the best information possible for this profession. Come back often for many many updates. :)

  3. Michael says:

    Thank you for a great website!! I have been debating whether or not to join into EMS. I am an Iraq War Veteran, and understand all too well the hazards of this chosen profession. After reading the information put out on this site, I have made the decision to start my education. I am currently in the Reserves, and hope that this field can assist my Unit as well.

    Thank you again for such an informative website!!

    • admin says:

      It’s completely my pleasure Mike. That’s so encouraging to hear that you’ve decided to take the next step toward gaining the education you need to be a successful medic. You will definitely go a long way in serving and assisting your Unit. And thanks so much for your service to this country! It’s an honor to have you stop by and check out Paramedic Salary Online. Thanks!

  4. John says:

    I have a question i can’t seem to find the answer to. What are paramedics work weeks like? Is it like a firefighter with 48 hours on 72 off? Or five days a week? Please help!!

    • admin says:

      That depends which company you work for, but the majority of the time, paramedics have either a 5 day/8 hour workweek or a 4 day/10 hour workweek. This is the norm. And then there’s the on-call paramedics who go home after a workday, but are still on-call for emergencies. Hope that helps.

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