Paramedics and EMTs were drawn to EMS for various reasons. Obviously there is the excitement, the variety, and the opportunities to help people. EMS workers are usually lumped in with the other helping professions: Physicians, Nurses, Firefighters, and even Police Officers. In fact, when you talk to any of these folks, you’ll find the overwhelming majority are motivated to help people.
Something has changed in the last 30 years, and I’ve been trying to put my finger on it. My first experiences in emergency services were with organizations that truly sought to help people in need. Whether working for a government agency, or a for-profit ambulance company, there seemed to be a push to help people.