EMTs and paramedics share many of the same responsibilities as first responders—providing emergency aid for those suffering from injury or illness.
The primary difference between the two is that with the exception of auto-injectors (such as the EpiPen), EMTs are not allowed to do invasive procedures.
The advanced training of paramedics allows them to do everything an EMT does plus administer many medications, start IVs, and provide advanced airway management. This might include intubation, CPAP or BiPAP, and other advanced procedures. In 1993, Advanced Medical Transport pioneered the first Critical Care ground transport program in Illinois. A Critical Care Paramedic is similar to an Intensive Care Unit provider, and may transport a ventilated patient , or one with multiple IV drips at once.