Essential Equipment Every EMT Should Have

Updated on June 2, 2022
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Whether you’ve been a working EMT for several years, or you’re just starting out, this is the essential equipment every EMT should have while on the job. Keep in mind that the items listed here are what your unit or company won’t provide. You will likely receive clothing, stretchers, medicine, and so on from your employer, but there are other items you’ll want to have along with this gear.


You will be on your feet a lot, so it’s best to take care of them with a solid pair of tactical boots. If you don’t invest in a good pair, you will likely feel exhausted less than halfway through your shift. In addition, they’re going to take a beating from the job and weather. You’re not going to want to replace a pair of boots in less than a year just to break them in again. So, just invest in a good pair in the first place. 


Aside from medical gloves, it’d be wise to obtain a good pair of work gloves. This way, you can use the gloves throughout the year, especially if you’re in cold conditions. There are times you’ll have to be outside for extended periods of time, and you’ll have to protect yourself from the unpleasant conditions.


A wristwatch is more than just telling time. You’re going to be taking pulses and timing different vital signs throughout the day. As such, invest in a heavy-duty watch that will stand up against the harsh environments you encounter on the job daily.


This is one exception to gear that is often given to you. Most companies and units give you a stethoscope, but they’re usually cheap and low-quality. So, it’s a good idea to purchase your own that will give you the best results and the most clarity.

Trauma Shears

These are one of those non-negotiables when it comes to EMT equipment. From bandages and gauze to seatbelts and jackets, you’re going to need to cut all different kinds of things on the job. So, a good pair of trauma shears should be easily accessible. You’ll never know how much you need these until you don’t have them.

Multi-Tool and a Bag

Like the trauma shears, many EMTs find themselves needing a multi-tool for whatever reason. This is one of those tools that are never around when you need it, and always around when you don’t. So, always have one of these on your belt—you’ll thank yourself later. Finally, a bag is a wise investment. There’s a lot of equipment involved with being an EMT. This will allow you to keep the necessities on your belt and any additional or heavy gear in the bag.

Throughout your career as an EMT, you will accumulate a lot of different equipment. Pieces will retire, and the latest technology will come in. However, the items on this list have stood the test of time for EMTs, so make sure you have these items at the very least. Every day you go to work ready to take on any emergency; make sure your equipment is just as prepared.

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