Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) work with other EMTs & paramedics as part of an ambulance crew and are trained to deal with medical emergencies. They respond to emergency and urgent 999 calls from people in the local community.  This could be a sudden illness or injury, such as a person having a heart attack or serious accidents like a car crash.

EMT’s can resuscitate and stabilise patients by using basic life support techniques, provide oxygen for pain relief, give treatment to diabetics and use different kinds of equipment if a patient is finding it difficult to breathe normally.  

EMT’s will also be involved in transferring patients to other hospitals that may be very ill and need more specialist care and treatment.

To become an EMT you must:

  • Have a minimum of five GCSE at Grade C or above, including Maths, English or Welsh Language and a Science subject - or other equivalent educational qualifications.
  • Have a full driving licence which must include categories C1 and D1.
  • Not have any convictions for any serious driving offences

You must also be:

  • Mature
  • Caring and compassionate person
  • Honest
  • Good organisational skills
  • Willing to work shifts


The start of the training programme will include:

  • three weeks residential driver training
  • nine weeks residential training in at the National Training College, Swansea.

Once you have successfully completed your training, trainees will continue their training at a station or group of stations, for a period of 12 months, working alongside qualified Ambulance Technicians and Paramedics. 

On completion of this programme, trainees will be appointed as qualified Emergency Medical Technicians.

Further information:
NHS Careers Information  

Career Roles in the Ambulance Service

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