EMT Logo


The EMT logo clearly indicates a connection to the medical field. Its symbolism is widely recognized across various societal circles since most of the population has encountered emergency medical services at least once in their lives. Their emblem conveys the fundamental principle of their work – life for the sake of life.

EMT: Brand overview

EMT stands for “Emergency Medical Technician,” a shortened name for healthcare professionals who provide urgent medical care. This certification level allows them to work in emergency centers, hospitals (in vehicles), and fire departments in the USA and Canada. They are also referred to as paramedics in English-speaking countries. EMTs operate under doctors’ instructions, executing life-saving prescriptions for the sick and injured.

Meaning and History

EMT Logo History

The term “Emergency Medical Technician” originated from the professional training level of medical workers who serve the population during emergency calls to ambulance services. These individuals are part of independent mobile groups dispatched to provide urgent medical services to save the lives of the injured or sick. This is why their emblem is the Star of Life, which first appeared in the United States in 1963.

The AMA (American Medical Association) developed it and proposed it as a unified symbol of medical identification. In 1964, the World Medical Association approved the logo, and according to a passed resolution, it was established as the universal sign of all emergency medical service workers. Since then, it has been the EMT logo. The American Red Cross played a significant role in its global distribution. The Star of Life can be seen on buildings housing ambulance offices, their vehicles (cars and motorcycles), uniforms, and items related to urgent medicine.

What is EMT?

EMT is a qualification for medical workers who are professionally trained at a level below doctors but above nurses. In some countries, Emergency Medical Technicians are known as paramedics and medics. In the USA and Canada, this certification allows working in emergency vehicles at hospitals, emergency medical centers, fire departments, and other municipal and state health services.

1964 – today

EMT Logo

Although the EMT logo is blue, it is directly related to medicine and health, despite the presence of the “competitor,” the Red Cross. The variant with the six-pointed star is allowed only for certified personnel in some countries. It features the Star of Life – a geometric figure with six rays bordered by a double frame. Inside it is the ancient medical symbol, the Rod of Asclepius, entwined by a snake – another ancient medical sign associated with health.

The six rays of the emblem represent the six basic tasks every Emergency Medical Technician must perform. The count starts from the topmost element, which is the first. Then, the sequence moves to the right, clockwise. All the rays are even and broad, not pointed and narrow. They signify:

  • First: Detecting an emergency incident;
  • Second: Responding to the location (focus, study, analysis);
  • Third: Taking action (emergency assistance by those present);
  • Fourth: Rescue (by arriving emergency medical staff);
  • Fifth: Caring for the injured during transportation to the hospital;
  • Sixth: Transferring to specialized medical care.

In some cases, the EMT emblem may be combined with the symbols of local emergency medical centers or the names of cities where they are located. The staff and snake also have a border – a dark blue one that stands out well against a cobalt background.

Font and Colors

EMT Emblem

The EMT logo doesn’t include any inscriptions. The indication of the location of the emergency service is in bold uppercase letters in a strict style. The color palette is two-tone: neutral white and two shades of blue – classic dark and neon-cobalt. White has long been associated with the medical field. It’s considered the most favorable for the human eye and symbolizes sterile cleanliness. Blue has a positive effect on people, calming the nervous system and helping patients cope with stress, fears, and anxieties.

EMT Symbol