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    School of Healthcare & First Responders
    Career Technical Student Organization: HOSA and SkillsUSA



    Firefighting Pathway - Workers in the Fire & Emergency area work in potentially risky situations protecting the public against fires and other dangers. Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. Firefighters and emergency service workers help protect the public against these dangers by rapidly responding to a variety of emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel at the scene of a traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to put out a fire, treat injuries or perform other vital functions. Firefighters control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

     

    Emergency Medical Responder Pathway - The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Responder is to initiate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response and to assist higher level personnel at the scene and during transport. Emergency Medical Responders function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment. Emergency Medical Service includes Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics that care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. They work both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life‐or‐death situations and patients who are suffering. All EMTs and paramedics must complete a formal training program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

     
    Healthcare Information Technology Pathway - Health IT is the application of information processing involving both computer hardware and software that deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of health care information, data, and knowledge for communication and decision making. Those working in Health IT are skilled professionals who understand both the Healthcare and Information Technology environments. Health care providers are using health IT to improve patient care. Health IT is a broad field that includes many forms of integrated technology with healthcare systems including, but not limited to Electronic Health Records (EHR), e‐Health tools, digital libraries, digital imaging systems, telemedicine, and mobile technology. Those employed in Health IT work closely with a variety of health professional teams and can find job opportunities in hospitals and with other healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, medical software companies, consulting companies, public health organizations, government and non‐ governmental agencies, insurance companies, and academia. People interested in this field should be able to utilize medical information, integrate technology as a problem‐solving method, and be able to communicate in medical and technological terms. Because of the advances in technology, the medical industry is taking full advantage of more efficient and effective ways to maintain enormous amounts of information regarding patient care and procedures.