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FIRE MEDIC: Don't Be Afraid To Get Up Close & Personal

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Raymond is a fire medic who has no typical day at work - on any given day he could be fighting fires, taking care of sick people, dealing with accidents, or rescuing those in trouble. He only wishes he would have started this job earlier.

Job Title: Fire Medic
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Job Description

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People's lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Military, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Courageous, Likes working with hands, Teamwork, Technical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Trade/vocational School
High school degree
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