What’s It Like to be an Emergency Medical Services Professional?

by  Educate.Today

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This program can be targeted to three grade levels, each with a different emphasis.

For grades 1 through 4, the experts will discuss Community Helpers, providing basic information about their role in communities and teach basic safety information.

For grades 5 through 12, you may choose What’s It Like to Be an EMS?  This career exploration program focuses on learning what it's like to be in this field.  The experts will take students through an entire call, from being dispatched to the resolution.  Included will be a tour of the truck and equipment, information on how to assess and treat a patient, the teamwork involved and the importance of education. Most teachers register for this session.

For a higher-level session, consider registering for Think Like and EMS for grades 9th through 12th.  This session focuses on assessing and evaluating situations to see what may not be easily apparent but is important.  Students will learn more about evaluating and reacting to emergencies, what to do while waiting for help and how to protect themselves, both physically and emotionally while dealing with an emergency.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $170.00
Point to Point Premium: $150.00
By Request: $170.00
By Request Premium: $150.00


35 to 45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Family & Consumer Science, Health/Physical Education, Leadership, Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode



Booking Information

Program requests must be made at least two weeks prior to your desired date. This program can be scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays . Other days may be arranged with advance notice. When enrolling, please let us know possible dates and times you'd like to schedule your interaction.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

In the event of severe weather or other emergency preventing a scheduled videoconference session from occurring, Educate.Today and partner will reschedule the conference in a timely manner so that the educational collaboration may continue.

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St Louis, MO
United States

Student and educator focused and standards-based, our interactive programs, videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying that curriculum in the real world. We offer on-demand interactive programs whose content and time frame are designed to best meet your students’ learning needs.

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Program Details


• Program will begin with a short bio of the presenting EMT, Emergency Medical Technician, and Paramedic and an explanation of the differences between the two jobs.
• Give a short timeline of advances from funeral homes running the ambulance service to trained professional organizations.
• Talk about reality versus television or movies.
• Show the truck and important equipment.

Heart of the program: This program may be tailored for three different audiences, 1st through 4th, 5th thorough 12th and 9th through 12th,
Community Helpers - 1st through 4th
• Give examples of different kinds of Community Helpers; police, fire fighters, librarians, doctors, etc. Ask what kinds would work together.
• Remind them that it takes many kinds of Helpers to make a community.
• Ask what they know about EMTs/Paramedics and correct misconceptions.
• Talk about the team work.
• Explain about the importance of calling 9 1 1 in a REAL emergency and give examples for them to choose as real or not.
• Have them work on knowing their name and address.

What’s It Like an EMS Professional - 5th thorough 12th
• Run through a call, from being dispatched to the resolution.
• Explain the specific duties of each job and why working as a team is important to any call.
• What immediate evaluations occur and why, using medical terminology with explanations in lay terms, and using equipment on medical dolls as examples.
• Explain what protocols are worked under and why.
• Give examples of obstacles to be overcome, such as language, religious or cultural differences or tense crowd situations.
• Discuss the factors considered when deciding where to transport a patient to.
• Talk about ongoing training and education.

Think Like an EMS Professional - 9th through 12th
• Speak to their training and how it prepared them to look beyond the apparent to understand the situation.
• Discuss cues and clues they look for to evaluate the patient needs.
• Protecting themselves and the community during calls dealing with communicable diseases or hazardous waste.
• Address handling the emotional needs of family and others during the call, as well as their own emotional responses.
• Talk about the importance of ongoing training and education.

In all three programs there will be a wrap up, reemphasizing important points and a call for final questions.


Participants will…
• Understand the importance and duties of Community Helpers
• Learn what it is like to be an EMT or Paramedic
• Hear about the career path to get into this profession
• Learn the rewards of working as an EMT/Paramedic
• Gain a basic understanding of how to respond to an emergency, until help arrives
• Get insight into how to look at situations and see what is not apparent but important

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Featured National Standards:
NSS-C.K-4.5 Roles of the Citizen

Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

2. American School Counselor Association National Standards for Students
American School Counselor Association (2004). ASCA National Standards for Students. A Alexandria, VA: Author.

In the area of Career Development:
Standard A: Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.

State Standards

Please reference the National Standards provided above.