Chris Ledford of Fort Worth, Texas, works as a firefighter and first responder. Firefighters in Fort Worth and elsewhere not only deal with burning buildings, but also serve as first responders, providing medical and first aid services. Chris Ledford is interested in returning to college to get a premedical degree, and currently holds the EMT Basic certification.
EMT Basic certification indicates that the recipient has the skills necessary to stabilize or transport injured, wounded, or acutely ill individuals. To become a nationally certified EMT, a person must be 18 years of age or older and complete an EMT course that meets program standards. Initial certification requires that the EMT course was completed in the last two years, as this ensures the practitioner is familiar with current best practices for EMTs. Depending on circumstances, those who wait more than two years must complete either a refresher course or begin a course anew. The person must also sit for two exams and have a current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers credential or its equivalent.