Livonia Firefighters/Paramedics consistently train to be ready for any given emergency. This page gives you a rare inside view of the extensive training your Firefighters endure to provide the highest quality of care and confidence to tackle any obstacle in the way. Livonia Firefighters are trained year-round with the latest firefighting techniques and are all Paramedics providing Advanced Life Support bringing the emergency room into the field.
The Difference Between Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) & Paramedics
The biggest differences between paramedics and EMTs are the training and the scope of practice (what they are allowed to do). Basic EMTs usually receive 120 to 150 hours of training, while paramedics get anywhere from 1,200 hours to 1,800 hours of training. Paramedic programs often award two-year degrees.
The scope of practice differences between EMTs and paramedics can be summed up by the ability to break the skin. Most states such as Michigan do not allow basic emergency medical technicians to give shots or start intravenous lifelines. Paramedics, on the other hand, can give shots as well as use more advanced airway management devices to support breathing. Basic EMTs are usually restricted to using oxygen, glucose, and asthma inhalers. Paramedics are trained in the use of 30 to 40 medications as well as the ability to monitor cardiac rhythms with a 12-lead EKG. These are all tremendous advantages to saving more lives within our community.