By EMS1 Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The National Registry of EMTs announced an all-time high for nationally certified EMS providers.

According to a press release, more than 400,000 EMS providers are nationally certified at the EMR, EMT, AEMT or paramedic level — the highest number the organization has seen in 48 years.

“This speaks volumes about the value in protecting the public and that national certification is respected throughout the nation,” National Registry Executive Director Bill Seifarth said. “The public can be assured that a nationally certified EMS professional is practicing at the same level of competency in the north, south, east or west.”

Currently, 104,000 are certified as paramedics and 270,000 are EMTs, with AEMTs and EMRs rounding out the rest of those nationally certified.