This Was A Descriptive Essay About A Job We Have. This Essay Is What It Takes To Be An Emt On The Firedept.

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The Perfect EMTWho is it that you call when you have chest pain that feels like a truck is sitting on your chest or when a loved one has collapsed unexpectedly? When you witness or are involved in a major auto accident, what kind of people do you really want to respond? In most cases you would dial 911 and request help. You would want the best the Fire/EMS service has to offer in the area for you or your loved one. You would want the perfect EMT! However, who is this perfect EMT? What qualities do you want this perfect EMT to possess and demonstrate?The first quality of course would be professionalism. However, what qualities comprise professionalism for an EMT? Professionalism for the perfect EMT would consist of the following qualities; professional appearance, respectful manner, calm demeanor, leadership, and task oriented. The EMT would demonstrate these skills by being confident and controlled in conversation, a person who listens to others yet able to show a level of empathy appropriate for the situation. This EMT is able to take control of an emergency scene and still be able to give top-notch medical care. Yet, at the same time be able to inspire confidence and trust from other EMS personnel on and off the scene. This persons appearance is neat and clean and inspires a sense of calmness when they step onto a scene.An example of a crises situation would be an emergency involving children. Being able to arrive on the scene of a 'child choking' call and remain calm when everyone else around you is screaming and shouting takes incredible self-discipline. Knowing that the child who was thrown into your arms as you stepped out of the ambulance will live or die depending upon your actions in the next few minutes requires a calm demeanor. This is essential in order to inspire confidence in your fellow EMT's and the patients relatives. To remain calm and to apply clinical skills under such conditions takes a level of self-confidence, maturity, and emotional stability that most people simply do not possess.Another element of being a perfect EMT is that you must be trustworthy. If you were to become sick or injured, who would you want to take care of you? This EMT will be expected to have earned the communities respect and have gained so much trust that you would literally trust them with your life. The perfect EMT will recognize they have a special role in society and will act accordingly. This EMT will have access to incredibly intimate knowledge with the patients illness and/or injury of another person. A call for this perfect EMT to enter a patient's home at 3 a.m. represents a level of trust unmatched in almost any other profession. This trust creates a sense of responsibility that they must carry on their shoulders. They would dearly love to tell their friends about some of the bizarre sights they see in their patient's surroundings and yet they can not. They can not because one of the most important things they represent to each patient they...

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