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The importance of EMT's and first responders

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In the United States, over 240 million calls to 911 are made each year for emergencies such as car accidents, heart attacks, robberies and fires. With recent tragedies such as the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, and Arapahoe High School in Colorado, we are only reminded of the potential dangers we face every day, but are comforted by knowing that trained professionals are only a call away.

A first responder is anyone who has been trained to provide pre-hospital care for anyone in a medical emergency. First responders include police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and EMS, ski patrol and lifeguards, among others. These brave men and women voluntarily come to action immediately after an accident, oftentimes risking their own lives for the sake of others.

Unfortunately, these emergencies and tragedies are completely unpredictable, and will always pose a threat to society. As a result, there is a constant need for selfless, brave individuals to become first responders. EMT programs are available almost everywhere, and are usually tied to hospitals, fire departments, colleges and universities, and even career schools like Star Career Academy. These courses will certify those looking to become an EMT or first responder and prepare them with the skills that are necessary to function as emergency medical technicians.

If you cannot afford enough time to volunteer as an EMT or first responder, a basic knowledge of First Aid and a CPR certification are important skills that everyone should be equipped with. In almost any case, you will be able to find a CPR or First Aid program wherever an EMT program is offered.

Becoming certified in First Aid and CPR will prepare you with the skills to help anyone – whether it is a family member, friend or stranger – in an emergency medical situation until a first responder arrives. This knowledge could ultimately make a huge difference in someone’s life, and will undoubtedly make you happy to know that you played a huge role in helping someone.

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