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EMT Gifts of Care and EMS

Updated on January 11, 2015

Emergency Medical Technicians Are Saving Lives!

People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics during the most incredibly stressful situations. Emergency pre-hospital care begins before the medical doctors, x-ray technicians and nurses ever get a look at the patient.

Not only does an EMT provide EMS care like CPR and cardiac defibrillation, stabilization of injuries and assist patients having trouble breathing-they also offer the gifts of caring, reassurance and more often than not, a shoulder to lean on.

Handling everything from heart attacks to hamster bites, EMT's are incredibly well trained to bring emergency care right to your door and deliver you or your loved ones to right hospital ready for further medical treatment. They spring into action at a moment's notice and have to go from heart wrenching motor vehicle accidents to delivering babies and home again to treat the next unknown emergency dispatch.

EMT's Are The Difference

EMT's Are The Difference
EMT's Are The Difference

An emergency medical technician (EMT) is a trained professional who responds to emergency medical situations, car accidents, fires, and injuries occurring in homes or workplaces. Many assume that an EMT is a paramedic, but this is not the case. Firefighters and police are not necessarily EMT's, but they may also be trained as one.

When the ambulance or first responder vehicle arrives, EMS providers must make treatment decisions quickly and have to be able to assess signs, symptoms and safety of the environment in order to rapidly begin treating sick or injured patients. Time can be vital and minutes do count.

Performing heavy rescue, providing life saving medical care, performing CPR or delivering babies - all EMT's wear their t-shirts, jackets and ID with pride! Whether they are career fire department or volunteer rescue squad emergency medical technicians, they are there for everyone who needs them day and night, through all kinds of hazards and weather and always making a difference.

EMS Keeping In Touch

EMT's and Paramedics never know when they will be called or where they will respond. Sometimes it's hours and hours before they make it home. Sometimes volunteer EMT's just went out for an hour or to pick up a gallon of milk for home when the tones go off and their family may have no idea where they are. Today a great phone means you can call or text home when the emergency is over, or while you are waiting in Staging to let the family know you are safe.

Rothco Medical Rescue Response Bag, Orange
Rothco Medical Rescue Response Bag, Orange

EMS First Response Bag. EMT's need to have a great jump bag.

Smith & Wesson Men's SWW-455-EMT EMT Black Nylon Strap Watch
Smith & Wesson Men's SWW-455-EMT EMT Black Nylon Strap Watch

A great watch is an EMT and Paramedic must have. Night glow, second hand, tough and durable.


EMT and Paramedic Must Haves

EMT and Paramedics need accessories too and life saving isn't only when the 911 tones go off. Most EMS first responders I know keep a great "jump bag" stocked and ready to go both at home and in their car. You never know when or where an emergency will happen. Add a great watch with a second hand, glow in the dark and tough enough to take all kinds of conditions and nothing will catch you unprepared.

EMT First Responder Trauma Bag EMS, Ambulance, Medical Resuce Cab Bag - BLUE
EMT First Responder Trauma Bag EMS, Ambulance, Medical Resuce Cab Bag - BLUE

EMT First Responder Trauma Bag - great size for in station, your car and at home.

A Paramedic's Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between
A Paramedic's Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between

A Paramedic's Story - share some real life drama.


Chicago Fire Emergency Services Fans

Chicago Fire Emergency Services fans are glued to their TV filled with pride, fear, involved in the brotherhood of the emergency world and all the challenges we face as EMT's, Police and Firefighters. While all events may not be true or completely accurate, TV shows like these bring a better awareness of the amazing work EMT's and Paramedics do and the challenges they conquer to save lives and make a difference.

Chicago Fire: Season 1
Chicago Fire: Season 1

Chicago Fire TV Series filled with EMS and Firefighting Challenges

Chicago Fire: Season 2
Chicago Fire: Season 2

Chicago Fire TV Series left EMS and Firefighting Fans excited for Season 3

Chicago P.D.: Season 1
Chicago P.D.: Season 1

Chicago PD TV series did a great job of crossovers with Chicago Fire all the agencies working together

Emergency: The Final Rescues
Emergency: The Final Rescues

Emergency! the TV series that started it all and still a repeat favorite


911: How To Call For Help

Most people will call 911 when they need an EMT in the United States and Canada. Be sure to find out what the emergency number in your immediate area is before you have a medical or fire emergency.

Calling 911 can be very stressful and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. 911 dispatchers are trained to guide callers through the experience, but knowing what to expect can help make the 911 call go smoothly and get emergency help where and when it's needed.

If you choose to call 911, know what to expect and how to react.

Stay calm. It's important to take a deep breath and not get excited. Any situation that requires 911 is, by definition, an emergency. The dispatcher knows that and will try to move things along quickly, but under control. They will activate the EMS system judging whether paramedics also need to be dispatched.

Know the location of the emergency and the number you are calling from. This may be asked and answered a couple of times but don't get frustrated. Even though many 911 centers have enhanced capabilities -- meaning they are able to see your location on the computer screen -- they are still required to confirm the information. If for some reason you are disconnected, at least emergency crews will know where to go and how to call you back.

When the dispatcher asks you questions, answer clearly and as calmly as possible. If you are in danger of assault, the dispatcher will still need you to answer quietly, mostly "yes" and "no" questions.

While the conversation with the 911 dispatchers may seem to be taking forever, there's a good chance that emergency services are already being sent while you are still on the line.

Follow all directions. Listen carefully, follow each step exactly, and ask questions if you don't understand.

Do not hang up the call until directed to do so by the call-taker.

EMT-Paramedic Premium Edition Flashcard Book w/CD (EMT Test Preparation)
EMT-Paramedic Premium Edition Flashcard Book w/CD (EMT Test Preparation)

EMT and Paramedic Flashcard book - great for drill nights and training.


EMT Equipment and Supplies

Stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and of course first aid kits are important to have for every emergency. I've never met an EMT or paramedic that didn't have their own set of equipment in a first aid kit that goes with them everywhere.

3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope, Ceil Blue Tube, 28 inch, Model 2454
3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope, Ceil Blue Tube, 28 inch, Model 2454

Listen to lung sounds and take blood pressures with your own lightweight stethoscope in great colors.


Volunteer and Career EMT's - Incredibly Dedicated EMS Providers

Volunteer and Career EMT
Volunteer and Career EMT
A Paramedic's Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between
A Paramedic's Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between

Paramedics, EMT's and everyone in the EMS has so many interesting stories


Emergency Medical Technicians are eating dinner one minute and doing CPR the next! They never know when the next call will go off and what to expect when it does. Out of a dead sleep, into their ambulance and hoping for any amount of medical information from the 911 dispatcher. Emergency........

Motor vehicle accidents can become overturned with patients entrapped, unconscious, heavy rescue to remove trauma victims. Or they may be fender benders with everyone involved refusing medical attention.

Difficulty breathing and chest pain can become patients who die. CPR in progress, defibrillation and pouring every ounce of training and experience into saving a mother of three children in the next room. Or it could turn out to be a case of overeating and their next loud burp makes them feel better.

EMS is like that. Every time the pager goes off, the adrenaline hits the ground running and stays prepared, trained and ready to save lives, get patients to hospitals, surgeons, burn centers and crisis centers. So many lives are saved, so many wounds are bandaged, splinted and wrapped. So many EMT's care so much.

Firefighters and EMT's - Firefighter Rehab

Fire Rehab Stations
Fire Rehab Stations

Ever wonder why EMT's are also dispatched to Fire Calls? Really great EMS units are vital to structure fire calls, hazmat incidents, building collapse and so many other types of alarms. No, they don't fight the fires or contain the hazardous material - but they are there to protect firefighters who do.

Firefighter Rehab is designed to ensure that the physical and mental well-being of members operating at the scene of an emergency (or a training exercise) don't deteriorate to the point where it affects the safety of any other members. After all, "stressed out" is not a good thing when you're working at one of America's most dangerous jobs.

Rehab stations providing a "break" away from the action with EMT's ready to check your vitals, offer you a seat, a drink of water and a way to cool off keeping us healthy, fit and ready to go again.

EMS At Work

EMS at Work
EMS at Work

Here's a photo of me and my crews working side by side with some of my EMT buddies to free a trapped patient at the scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident. There were multiple cars and victims involved but I'm glad to say all patients were extricated, rapidly treated by EMT's and Paramedics on scene and everyone survived.

Star Of Life History and Meaning

Star of Life - The EMS Symbol

Physicians and nurses have the caduceus, emergency medical service personnel have the Star of Life. Use of the Star of Life by EMS personnel is encouraged by the American Medical Association The Star of Life applies to all emergency medical products and services funded under the DOT/EMS program.

The Star of Life was designed by Leo R. Schwartz, Chief of the EMS Branch of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Star of Life was created after the American Red Cross complained about the common use of an Omaha orange cross on a square background of reflectorized white which they saw as an imitation of the Red Cross symbol. The NHTSA investigated and felt the complaint was justified.

Adopted from the Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association, the newly designed six-barred cross was registered as a certification mark on February 1, 1977 with the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks in the name of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Each of the six "points" of the star represents an aspect of the EMS System. They are:




On Scene Care

Care in Transit

Transfer to Definitive Care

The staff on the star represents Medicine and Healing.

EMS Super Stars

Off duty rescue squad and emergency responders like to show off their EMS pride and there are some catchy cool t-shirts out there to help them do that away from the job too.

EMS Bags

First Responder Bags
First Responder Bags

Everyone who is a first responder whether they are EMT's, Medics or Firefighters knows bags are a must. There are gear bags, first aid bags, laptop and iPad bags to protect all our new technology on duty and off, gym bags and overnight bags.

We fill bags with everything from extra clothes for after calls, boots and sweats for change of weather, personal stethoscopes and equipment, lunch bags and even travel bags in all sizes to carry more personal belongings.

EMT Books

If you think you might be interested in becoming a certified EMT there are some great books you can read that will help guide you through every step of the way from EMT exam study books to real life stories of these heroes to help you decide if you can be one too.

SUCCESS! for the EMT-Basic (2nd Edition)
SUCCESS! for the EMT-Basic (2nd Edition)

Learn some tips to become a successful and skilled EMT

Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself By Becoming an EMT
Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself By Becoming an EMT

True reading about how becoming an EMT changed one's life

EMT: Beyond the Lights and Sirens
EMT: Beyond the Lights and Sirens

Beyond the lights and sirens is a great book by a real EMT who shares incredible experiences of her journey.


EMT's Really Get Around

EMT's, Fire Rescue and Paramedics really get around town and whether it's a city, suburb or rural community they like to learn where their streets are, how to best avoid traffic and how to get there quickly and safely so when minutes count, they know where they are going. They definitely don't play any games when it comes to emergency response.

EMS Resources Online

Check out our links to favorite rescue squads, training information, tee's and gift ideas from Bonfire Designs. There is a whole world of live saving going on and so much to always learn from the experts and from others in the field sharing their experiences too.

EMS Specialty Gear

EMS star of life for paramedics, emt and fire rescue emergency workers on apparel, tee's, shirts and gift ideas. EMT decals, stickers, buttons, signs and posters from Bonfire Designs

Rescue Squads and Fire Rescue Departments love visitors, hope you enjoyed your visit with us today and learned a little bit more about being an EMT and how very dedicated these rescue workers are.

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      Bonfire Designs 

      5 years ago

      Hi Morgan, stay safe out there and we really do never know what we are going to come across out in life come on over to our Facebook page and post it out to the community, I bet you get some really great ideas based on other EMT's experiences!

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      Elizabeth Skinner 

      5 years ago from Tuscaloosa

      Now I have things to add to my wishlist! I'm trying to build a good bag at home for emergencies...most of my everyday equipment belongs to the company. Any great sites I can visit to get some tools of the trade?

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      Bonfire Designs 

      6 years ago

      @j3st3r: Thanks for stopping by and for your cool comments - stay safe out there too!

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      Leroy J Dayhoff 

      6 years ago from Scottsboro, AL

      Great lens from a true hero. I see you are a firefighter. I am an EMT for my local ambulance service, and I know we really appreciate our fire department here. You men and women make life much safer and easier for the rest of us.

      I have a related lens on EMS associated training which I made to help people decide if this career field is for them. Check it out if you have time. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have it enjoyed yours.

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      Bonfire Designs 

      6 years ago

      @Aunt-Mollie: That's a great idea! In our area our high school does offer a vocational class for Seniors where they can attend half day at our local Fire Academy to become certified EMT's and Firefighter I trained and receive credits towards Graduation.

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      6 years ago

      This is an important article and I wish that EMT training and volunteer opportunities could begin in high schools.

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      7 years ago

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