#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine – F is for (First) Paramedic Classes

Those who know me know that one of the biggest interests is in the area of Fire/EMS (though I am not, myself a Firefighter or an EMT/Paramedic).  I decided this year to do my A-Z Challenge using the theme “History of Paramedicine….


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Early examples of formal training in the management of the sick and injured have been around since the late 1800’s.  One example of this was the five day mandatory training, from St. John’s, required by  Toronto Police Ambulance Service members.

The publication of the “Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society” (Otherwise known as “The White Papers” in the EMS Trade) prompted the beginning of several pilot EMS  programs across the United States

In 1967, training of Unemployed/Underemployed African-Americans began, through what would become Freedom House Ambulance Service,  in what would become the first Paramedic Squadron in the United States.

Almost simultaneously, and completely independent from one another, experimental programs began in three U.S. centers; Miami, Florida– (1968); Seattle, Washington (1969); and Los Angeles, California (1969).

The first nationally recognized curriculum for EMT-A (Emergency Medical Technician – Ambulance…. Not to be confused with EMT- Advanced)  was published in 1969 and is thought, by many, to be the birth of Modern EMS.

Prior to 1970, there was little regulation or standardized training for those staffing early emergency response vehicles.  In 1970, the first board of directors of what is now the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) met to determine the feasibility of creating a national certifying exam.  In 1971, The first basic NREMT-Ambulance exam is administered which led to the beginning of National Board Certification for EMT’s across the United States.

Recognized Emergency Medical Technician levels of today are:

E.M.R (Emergency Medical Responder) also known as a First Responder

EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician Basic) This is the certification that is commonly referred to as an EMT

A.E.M.T (Advanced Emergency Medical Technician) Also known as Intermediate (Not a recognized certification in all states)

EMT-P or Paramedic





The National EMS Museum has some great resources on the history of Paramedicine.  I highly recommend you go check out their website.


So Now I need to come up with 5 Blogs for you guys to check out:

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