How do I become a paramedic?

Locally, the Madison Area Technical College offers paramedic training, and many Sun Prairie EMS paramedics received their training there.  Other programs exist around Wisconsin and in neighboring states, and scholarship programs are available (search the internet for the most updated information).  If you’d like to get a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a paramedic in Sun Prairie, please contact us and we’ll be glad to give you a tour of the station! Fill out a job interest card here.

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1. What does EMS stand for?
2. Where did the Star of Life symbol on ambulances come from?
3. What should the public know about Paramedics?
4. What do I do while driving when an emergency vehicle approaches with lights and sirens on?
5. What’s the difference between a paramedic and an ambulance driver?
6. Why do I see the paramedics in the grocery store when they’re on duty?
7. Why does more than just an ambulance come when I call 911?
8. Sometimes the ambulance drives with lights and sirens, and sometimes they don't. What's the difference?
9. Why don’t the paramedics run to treat patients?
10. Do I get to choose which hospital you take me to?
11. If I or someone I care for has special medical needs, how do I let the Paramedics know?
12. If I go to the hospital in the ambulance, will I be seen by a doctor sooner?
13. How do I become a paramedic?