I’m a former volunteer North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic). In 1999, I was injured catching a patient who was beginning to collapse. After months of pain and back surgery, my days of answering the call for help were over.
Now, over a decade later, I’m retaking the EMT-Basic class. I may never ride in an ambulance again as an EMT, but I that will not stop me from completing the class and regaining my state certification. So why am I willing to complete a 180 hour class, take the exam and maintain 4 hours of required continuing education each month?
- Personal Pride
There’s a sense of accomplishment with successfully obtaining the state certification.
- Family Tradition
My mother, who passed away in 2004, was a Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN) at Wilson Medical Center’s ER. Before becoming ill, my father was a NC EMT-Paramedic in Wilson County. Emergency medicine is in my blood, as is the desire to help those who are sick when they need someone the most.
- Disaster Preparedness
During the next disaster, man made or natural, I want those around me to know that I am prepared to assist in whatever ways possible.
Above all, I have a true passion for emergency medicine!
I’m really enjoying the class so far, we have two excellent instructors and it’s obvious they have a passion for both serving and teaching. It’s really reignited that fire in my soul that I haven’t felt in a long time.
Are you considering becoming an EMT? You’ll never be rich, the hours are long, and you’ll see humanity at it worst and lowliest. Being an EMT is truly a calling. Take a moment to leave a comment on why you would like to be an EMT. Good luck!