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AS in EMS and The Promotional Exam for Fire Departments

AS in EMS and the Promotional Exam

An Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services is a great option for those who either want to become EMTs or already are EMTs and are looking to advance in their careers. 

It’s also helpful to have an AS in EMS if you’re thinking of going the route of becoming a firefighter.  As a firefighter, most departments are expecting for you to already have training in EMS.  Both firefighters and emergency medical technicians are first responders, so there are similarities between the two careers.

Training for AS in EMS Benefits Promotional Exam

Having training as an emergency medical technician will help you when it comes to the promotional examination for a fire department.  While some states may provide a promotional exam that is compiled of a written exam and oral interview with a selection committee, other states may choose who is going to advance internally. 

Having an EMT background will be helpful with the exam, because as an EMT, you are already used to a fast-paced environment that requires you to think on your feet while being competent and making sure safety is first.  The only difference is that there will be questions that are directed more towards reacting during fires, which you may or may not have witnessed as an EMT.  Having the background of both emergency medical technician and firefighter will be very helpful when it comes to seeking advancement within your career and the promotional exam.

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