The lifeguard profession

As a rescue worker, you drive rescue vehicles and transport injured people . Paramedics work very closely with paramedics and paramedics. First aid measures are therefore also carried out and care must also be taken to ensure that the patients are really safely accommodated in the vehicle. The working hours are irregular due to the unpredictable emergencies and an assignment can take place in all places that carry out rescue transports in an emergency. The profession is therefore tied to driving an emergency vehicle under time pressure and to the careful transport of people, some of whom are seriously injured.

Personal requirements at work

A high level of resilience is one of the most important qualities in this job. Absolute concentration must prevail during emergency drives and it is very important to have a fast reaction time, since the emergency vehicles usually have to be controlled very quickly in extreme situations with flashing blue lights. You should also be able to work in a team, as you have to work closely with the other emergency services. Resilience and a calm demeanor in stressful situations is of great importance in the profession as a rescue worker. Empathy is important when working with accident victims and their families, and emergency responders are confronted with the most serious injuries, sometimes fatal.

Prerequisites for the job / training / studies

In terms of school education, a secondary school diploma is usually sufficient for training as a rescue worker. Anyone wishing to start training as a paramedic should be at least 17 years old . In addition to other admission criteria, a completed first-aid course is required, as is a medical certificate, which certifies that you are fit for the demanding visit. A police clearance certificate must usually also be presented. The most important school subject for a successful job as a rescue worker is biology, since extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is required. Good performance in this subject is therefore an advantage.

The training / the qualification

The training to become a rescue worker is a very short training course that lasts 1 to 3 months , depending on the provider and the intensity. An internship is integrated into this training, during which you learn how to behave in certain emergency situations. In the theoretical part of the training, a lot of knowledge about medical operations and emergencies is imparted and anatomy and hygiene, for example, are also explained in detail. This training is therefore a short opportunity to deepen your knowledge and to gain an additional qualification in the rescue service.


The places of action are quite narrow for rescue workers, since they mainly work for patient transport and rescue services. Employment with blood donation services, municipal fire brigades and disaster relief organizations is also conceivable. Paramedics can work anywhere where ambulances are carried out in an emergency.

career development opportunities

Paramedics specialize in specific areas and this specialization usually comes right after training. Further development or professional advancement is possible through various advanced training courses. In addition, a degree can be completed in order to further improve career opportunities. The appropriate field of study would then be medical and rescue services or human medicine. Depending on your own interests, you can choose something from the further training courses. On this basis, a wide range of employment opportunities are then open in this area.

The everyday life of the rescue worker

A rescue worker is confronted with numerous emergencies in everyday life and then has to drive the emergency vehicle to the scene of the accident as quickly as possible. Assisting doctors and paramedics is also part of everyday work – it is therefore also necessary to provide first aid to patients and to monitor care. In addition, patient transport is due. The day-to-day life of a rescue worker is relatively difficult to describe in general terms, since every assignment is different and it is also not possible to predict when an emergency will actually occur. In addition, everyday work is also determined by the exact location, and different rescue operations then take place.

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