How EMS “Rank Titles” Have Changed

Over the years, there have been different titles given to those who hold different levels of training in EMS. Here are the different equivalences that have changed and in some places are still used.


  • First Responder –> Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) –> Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • EMT-Intermediate –> Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
  • EMT-Paramedic –> Paramedic

There it is! Abbreviations and all.

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