September 12th, 2014

USA: Identify EMS at a glance

Setting: Northern California, January 2011

Question: How does one identify the difference between an EMT and a paramedic at a glance? I know in Texas they have different colored arm/shoulder patches, but every time I search for things like 'distinguish between EMT and paramedic', or 'EMT Paramedic shoulder patches', I get basically nothing.

Does CA use the same general system to distinguish between EMS providers, or does it use a system all its own?