What do Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) do?

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) can respond to emergencies ranging from automobile accidents to major fires. When they arrive at an emergency, they quickly determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition. They provide emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient to a local medical facility.


EMTs are trained to provide basic life support (BLS) services in a pre-hospital setting, ranging from cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to spinal immobilization.

Paramedics can provide advanced life support (ALS) services to patients during medical emergencies. The advanced training enables them to perform some invasive procedures and dispense medications under the supervision of a physician.

Dispatching to Emergencies

Members typically are dispatched by a 911 telecommunicator and work closely with police officers at the scene of an emergency.

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1. What do Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) do?
2. Do I need to be a Williamsburg resident to work for the Williamsburg Fire Department?
3. What are the minimum and maximum age requirements for a Firefighter/Paramedic or Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)?
4. Do you offer part time employment? Can I work summers only?
5. How important is physical fitness?
6. What is the hiring procedure?
7. Is the job stressful?
8. Is the job safe?
9. What is the work schedule?
10. Are there any benefits with the job?
11. Do I attend and graduate from a training academy?
12. How long does Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy (HRRFA) training last?
13. Where does the recruit training take place?
14. What certifications will you acquire once you graduate?
15. Will I work both Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) disciplines?
16. I've been a firefighter for years; do I still have to go to the Academy?
17. When do you accept applications?
18. I don't live in Virginia. Do you accept applications from out-of-state?
19. Do I have to complete a physical as part of the hiring process?
20. I have a criminal record, is that okay?
21. What are the requirements to apply for the Fire Fighter / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Position?
22. What will disqualify me from being a fire fighter?
23. How many fire stations do you have?
24. What are the hiring interviews like?
25. How long is the probationary period?
26. How large is your response area?