First Responders are usually law enforcement officers and fire rescue
crews who are first to arrive at the emergency scene. They assist
emergency victims until EMS arrives, and are often trained as EMTs or
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have various levels of training.
Some EMTs assist with rescues, and perform basic emergency care. Other
EMTs are emergency dispatch operators who send ambulances and emergency
vehicles to the emergency scene.
Emergency Dispatch Operators
Emergency Dispatch Operators answer emergency calls, obtain the who, what and where information and send help right away.
Paramedics have the highest level of pre-hospital training. They
perform medical procedures at the scene of the emergency or in the
ambulance on the way to the hospital. Using a radio to communicate,
paramedics often get instructions from physicians.
Emergency Nurses are specially trained to help and treat emergency
patients. They are the first contact at the emergency room; they meet
the ambulance, get the patient's medical information and arrange for the
doctor to see the patient.
Emergency Physicians are doctors who specialize in treating people who
are seriously injured or who have become sick very suddenly, such as
heart attack victims.