Emt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old emt quotes, emt sayings, and emt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


EMTs are privileged to play in life’s great game. Too many unlucky people watch the action thunder by, stuck at a desk, or watching it on television at home.     

Kelly Grayson

Answer the urgent call. Help when tragedy strikes. And do it for free.     

Isabella Koldras

If an EMT calls in with a brain or spinal trauma, just divert them to the nearest hospital. All you gotta do is stand around and keep the E.R. open. It's an administrative problem, not a medical one.     

Dr. Gregory House

I didn’t become an EMT to have a front-row seat to other people’s tragedies. I did it because I knew the world was bleeding and so was I, and somewhere deep down inside I knew the only way to stop my own bleeding was to learn how to stop someone else’s.     

Daniel Jose Older

On September 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked "What God do you pray to?" "What beliefs do you hold?"     

Michael Bloomberg

This man was not thinking about himself. He was thinking about you. The first responders on the front lines.     

Captain David Singh

One single word – like EMERGENCY, or love – can revise a whole night. A whole life.     

Alena Graedon

Caring of patients in the EMS environment is like riding a motorcycle: the moment you get comfortable and think you've seen everything, you become dangerous.     

David Persse

Police officers, firefighters, EMTs - they are all out there every single day - literally just a phone call away for anyone who needs them.     

Doreen Cronin

Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.     

Robert Baden-Powell

The most basic job of an EMT is to notice things and then wonder about them.     

Thom Dick

You have to keep the body going until the brain and the heart recover enough to go on their own.     

Joe Connelly

When you first become an EMT, you are extremely gung-ho, with a sense that you save lives, ... You are the antidote to all of life's miseries. You make people rise from the dead. But when you are an EMT for a length of time, you come to the grim reality that the number of lives that you actually save are small. You stabilize people until they get to the hospital. You make sure they can breathe and don't bleed to death and nothing more.     

Michael Stern

There is no higher honor than to be given the responsibility to care for another human being.     

Richard K. Schachern

Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.     

Abraham Lincoln

You can't get through a lot of doors unless you are at least perceived as an EMS professional.     

Skip Kirkwood