City of Red Wing

What is the difference between a firefighter and a paramedic?

Firefighters receive specialized training in the tactics, procedures and equipment essential for protecting lives and property from fire and other hazards. Firefighters operate in and around burning structures to extinguish fire, rescue victims, and minimize property loss. Firefighters also receive training in areas such as apparatus operation, wild-land firefighting, hazardous materials responses, and technical rescue.  

Paramedics receive specialized emergency medical training. They provide the highest level of pre-hospital emergency medical care available. In addition to basic medical care like bandaging, splinting, oxygen therapy and CPR, paramedics are trained to administer emergency medications and perform advanced medical procedures in the field. Procedures that would normally only be done by a physician in a hospital are brought to a patient’s side when paramedics arrive.