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EMT on Duty

Alex Gu became inspired to be an emergency medical technician (EMT) after volunteering in the emergency room at his local hospital while in high school. As he witnessed the importance and impact of the EMT paramedics, Alex decided he wanted to become a part of it.

An EMT is an emergency responder trained to provide emergency medical services to the critically ill and injured people before or during transportation of the victims to a health care unit via ambulance or aircraft.

Alex, a junior at St. Bonaventure University, is now a volunteer EMT on his college campus in St. Bonaventure, NY. He also volunteers in the neighboring town, Allegany. As an EMT, Alex volunteers about 9-18 hours a week. He says he enjoys assisting people in the community in need of medical assistance. This entails everything from CPR resuscitation to providing a friendly and comforting face. The job is both physically demanding and stressful. Alex said attending late night calls and staying up to date with state protocol is difficult at times.

As a volunteer EMT for his university and community, Alex says that there are many differences in the types of calls they receive. He states that the biggest difference is the age demographics. The college community is between 18-22 years old compared to the relatively older residents in Allegany. With Allegany’s older residents, the emergency calls are usually related to issues such as a heart attack, stroke, or other serious health problems. At St. Bonaventure University, the calls are typically students with broken bones or athletic issues.

The work an EMT does can be life saving. Day or night, they are there to provide victims with the proper assistance needed. Alex enjoys his volunteer work and says it is very rewarding.

"One ‘thank you’ and sign of appreciation from a patient can keep me happy and energized for an entire week," said Alex.

Are you a teen who likes to help people from a health and medical standpoint? Do the duties of a EMT appeal to your desired field of interests? If so, you can find out more information about getting started at your local hospital or local ambulance corps.