What is the difference between a paramedic and an EMT?

EMTs are trained to provide Basic Life Support (BLS), which includes basic first aid for illness and injury, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and basic airway management.  Paramedics bring the emergency room into your living room or the scene of an emergency. Paramedics are trained to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS), which includes all BLS skills, plus advanced airway management protocols, interpretation of hospital grade 12 Lead ECGs, and the administration of life-saving medications by injection or IV lines. About two-thirds of our calls require a paramedic. Our paramedic staff is paid and daytime EMT’s are paid but most nights and week-end are covered by volunteer EMT’s.