#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine -N is for NREMT and NAEMT

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….


The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians was established in 1970 as a result of recommendations put forth by the National Committee of Highway Traffic Safety.  These recommendations included uniformed training requirements and delivery of emergency ambulance service.

In 1971 1,520 people took the first NREMT exam  — EMT-A (Ambulance) and in 1973 the first recertificaiton of a nationally registered EMT was processed.  The NREMT-Paramedic curriculum was developed in 1974 and the first test given in Minneapolis, MN in 1978.

The Four levels of Certification under NREMT are:

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Advance Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
  • Paramedic


The NAEMT (National Association for Emergency Medical Technicians) was created in 1975 with support from NREMT and various Emergency Medicine leaders of the time.   It was originally a group of state organizations with a central Board of Directors. The EMT Journal began in 1977 and became self supporting in September 1978.  Today NAEMT is the largest professional association for EMS Professionals.




Check out the EMS HIstory app at Limmer Creative and the National EMS Museum  

Check out the other A-to-Z Challenge Participants


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