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Posted 22 August 2008 - 09:53 PM

Does anyone's program have an educational/development component to their Communications Center that requires or encourages Comm Spec clinical times? For example, flight time with the program, observation in a PSAP, hospital ED/ICU, ground ambulance time, etc? Any thoughts/comments would be greatly appreciated!
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:48 AM

Our Com Specialist job description required at least EMT-B with communication experience. They all have on-going training related to the job description ie; Flight Following, Flight request, PAIP, inter-facility tranfers etc....

Any one of our Comm people are more than welcome to ride with us, all-though it's not a requirement.

As for the EMS training, all of the Comm personnel are paramedics with the exception of one, who is an EMT-B.
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:14 PM

Mike,

I appreciate your input. Our Communications staff is a mixture of EMT-B through EMT-P with the exception of one who has been with the company since the Comm Center's inception and was grandfathered into the certification requirement. All of the EMTs are active ground providers except one; my interest in ground "clinicals" is to get the two who aren't active providers to maintain situational awareness of what happens before air medical is requested. The others would be exempted with proper documentation.

Anyone else have input, especially sitting in 9-1-1 centers, hospital transfer centers, etc? What about local ATC?

Jon
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 03:57 PM

Our center requires 3 certs to start (or must be obtained within a certain time of hire date) AHA CPR (Healthcare provider), EMT-Basic and NAEMD. We do a mixture of ALS/BLS ground, Rotorwing, Fixedwing and hospital communications for a large medical center. CPR and EMD certs are the only ones that comm specs are required to maintain. We do continous training not unlike what Mike mentioned above. Some is required to maintain the EMD (emergency medical dispatcher) certification.

Our SOG states that we must do 16 hours of clinical 'ride-alongs' every year. 8 on the ground and 8 in the air. If dispatchers are afraid to fly, that requirement is not enforced. We can on our own time (not on the clock) do any and all ride alongs we want. Any ride alongs we want on the clock must be pre-approved and not generate overtime.

Chris
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