Specialist fields like Tactical EMS

Within the EMS world, there are a variety of specialty positions that you can get trained and certified in. These positions arose out of a need for more individualized skills for distinct situations. Getting certified in one of these fields can garner you more job opportunities and even higher pay. At EMS PRO Expo we understand the importance of these unique positions which is why we provide classes and learning opportunities for those who specialize in them at our yearly convention.

Specialty Certification for EMTs

When getting your EMS certification there are two different levels of care that you can choose from, these include Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS).  Each has a variety of job options to choose from with different testing and levels of training.

Based on your location, getting a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certification might benefit your community if you live rurally. Alternatively becoming a Tactical Responder fits better into an urban environment where you would work closely with the law enforcement TEMS (Tactical Emergency Medical Service)  team where triage, operational medicine and tactical principles are needed. The list below provides a more comprehensive view of the jobs available in the EMT world.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
    • First Responder
    • Ambulance Driver
    • Ambulance Care Assistant (ACA)
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT): informally referred to as Wilderness EMS (WEMS)
    • Emergency Medical Dispatcher
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS)
    • Paramedic
    • Community Paramedic (CP)
    • Critical Care Paramedic (CCP)
    • Flight Paramedic (FP)
    • Tactical Paramedic (TP)
    • Tactical Responder (TR)

Training and Testing for Specialty EMS Positions

Training and testing for each of the above positions typically start by taking classes and courses in preparation for the NREMT. To become a paramedic or tactical responder, first you need to have experience as an EMT. After taking your test, passing it and having the required hours of service, you can choose a more specific field that interests you or would better serve your local area. The International Board of Speciality Certification (IBSC) ((http://www.ibscertifications.org/certifications)) is the organization which provides advanced certifications available for EMTs.

If you are interested in some of the more advanced positions available to the EMT world, meeting and speaking with those who already have been certified can help you decide if the position is right for you. Attending our EMS PRO Expo allows you the opportunity to connect with other EMS personnel in your same field or a field you are interested in pursuing. Networking and discussing job differences based on your location can give you insight into new techniques and ways to better your knowledge and skills.


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