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Working As A Flight Paramedic

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $46,050

    Average Salary

What Does A Flight Paramedic Do At Geisinger Health System

* Provides paramedic level advanced life support until patient care is relinquished to accepting medical facility.
* Maintains thorough patient care documentation in the Electronic Medical Record.
* Practices within the paramedic scope of practice as defined by Command Physician, or
* as needed under the written guidelines of the Susquehanna Emergency Health Services Council Regional Protocols or the Department of Health EMS ACT 45.
* a.
* Maintains competency in knowledge and psychomotor skills by participating in ongoing laboratory and clinical experiences.
* Communicates educational needs to Life Flight Program Coordinator, Operations Director and MD Director.
* b.
* Maintains SEHSC Regional Medical Command STATUS.
* c.
* Attends continuing education programs pertinent to their area of practice.
* d.
* Maintains BCLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, PHTLS OR BTLS current certification and EMTP.
* e.
* Acquires the F
* PC credential within one year of hire
* Functions a PRN role in the Emergency Department.
* a.
* Performs the following as required under the supervision of Emergency Department
* physician: endotracheal intubation, defib or cardioversion, assist with the application of splints or traction assists with the admission of nitrous oxide, administers Nebulized treatments, administers medications as approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, needle thuracostomy, IV placement, Central IV line placement and needle Thoracostomy.
* Assists in deliveries of infants, initiates Interosseous Infusions and any other procedures approved by the Medical Director and keeping in compliance with ACT 45 regulations.
* b.
* Performs venipuncture, intravenous initiation, airway management, oxygen administration, EKG's, cleans and dresses wounds, places patients on cardiac monitors and inserts nasogastric tubes.
* c.
* Sets up sterile trays using aseptic techniques.
* Remains knowledgeable in use and routine maintenance of all equipment and supplies used by Emergency programs.
* a.
* Maintains medical interior of the Life Flight helicopters (i.e. clean, orderly, and supplied).
* b.
* Assures adequate inventory of supplies and equipment.
* c.
* Assures orderly environment in glasshouse and hanger.
* Functions as Flight Crew member and assists the pilot when needed (i.e. radio, navigation, visual observation activities).
* a.
* Assists and relieves Communications Technician as required.
* b.
* Complies with safety standards to assure safety of self, medical crew members, patient and equipment during all phases of flight.
* Maintains good communication and positive interpersonal relationships.
* a.
* Participates in patient follow up as stated in guidelines.
* b.
* Participates in planned "outreach" marketing and teaching activities.
* Serves as a role model, teacher and clinical resource.
* a.
* Acts as preceptor and/or participates in orientation of new employees and students as assigned.
* b.
* Acts as liaison.
* Communicates program goals and objectives Serves as tour guide, as required.
* c.
* Participates in staff development and continuing education programs (i.e. Life Flight training courses).
* Participates in IV initiation, defibrillation, cardioversion, airway management tech, IV, IM, 12 lead ECG's, and parenteral drug administration under supervision of an Emergency Room physician, as required by the Medical Director.
* d.
* Assists in conducting safety briefings as needed.
* e.
* Maintains awareness of current issues related to paramedics through participation in professional activities (i.e. national, state, legislative-elected or appointed).
* Participates in departmental activities, projects and committees regularly.
* a.
* Attends and participates in meetings regularly (i.e. crew, unit, group, committee, etc).
* b.
* Develops policy and procedures as assigned.
* c.
* Participates in Performance Improvement activities as assigned.
* d.
* Undertakes and maintains projects as assigned.
* Actively participates in patient safety improvement and management program.
* An active participant:
* a.
* Assumes responsibility for identifying processes or systems that could potentially lead to errors and adverse events.
* b.
* Knows and follows organizational and departmental policies and procedures applicable to assigned duties.
* c.
* Participates in required organizational and departmental patient safety education programs and other activities designed to improve departmental and organizational patient safety.
* d.
* Promptly reports serious events and incidents in accordance with established hospital policy and procedure.
* Attends Life Flight Evaluation day annually and attends AMRM biannually.
* Performs other duties as required or assigned by emergency or other operational
* reasons for which the employee is qualified to perform.
* Denotes essential job functions

What Does A Flight Paramedic Do At Sierra Medical Services Alliance

* General Responsibilities
* The incumbent must possess and apply knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties of a Flight Paramedic, in a dignified and compassionate manner, including but not limited to:
* Responding to an emergency efficiently and promptly;
* Administering basic, advanced and critical care life support to patients at the scene or transferring facility, en route to the receiving hospital, and in a pre-hospital setting, in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and standards, and in accordance with Company policies and guidelines;
* Assessing the nature and extent of injury or illness to establish and prioritize medical procedures to be followed;
* Effectively communicating with professional medical personnel and treatment facilities to obtain instructions regarding further treatment and/or to arrange reception of patients to the appropriate center;
* Maintaining order at scenes and requesting facilities;
* Completing patient care forms, insurance forms, evaluation forms, and all other forms in a competent and timely fashion;
* Adhere to and follow all Policies and Procedures concerning safety and contamination by bloodborne pathogens; and
* Educate and /or train first responders, hospital staff, EMS responders, fellow crew-members, EMS trainees and the public.
* Additional Obligations and Skills
* The incumbent must possess and apply knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties of a flight paramedic, including but not limited to:
* Promptly responding to dispatched calls in accordance with Company policies, rules, and guidelines;
* Assuring that helicopter is in good working condition at all times, is properly maintained and stocked, has all necessary equipment and that the equipment is in good working order at all times;
* Cleaning, organizing and restocking helicopter in a ready condition after each flight;
* Receiving and responding to requests for transport and other duties-related communication via two-way radio or other communication devices;
* Maintaining accurate records of helicopters and other emergency equipment and/or personnel dispatched to each request and other operation and administrative data as required to maintain the operational continuity of the Company and as directed by superiors;
* Properly document each transport on the approved Patient Care Report in accordance with Company Policies and Procedures;
* Handling telephone communications professionally and efficiently with careful regard to the divulgence of information respecting confidentiality requests at all times;
* Monitoring communication equipment to maintain contact with dispatch and requestors; and
* Maintaining apparatus and equipment in accordance with all policies, procedures and direction.
* The incumbent must perform routine tasks in and around the ambulance service building, including but not limited to:
* Checking, restocking, inventorying and cleaning any apparatus operated by the Company;
* Cleaning, doing dishes, emptying trash and other related duties in the station;
* Washing and drying personal protective equipment;
* Representing the flight service while on duty at public service functions, expositions, and other public events; and
* Performing any other duty related to the Company as designated by the supervisor or manager.
* The incumbent must also:
* Be a team player, as EMS is a team effort, and providers must provide necessary assistance to ensure system sanitation, readiness and adherence to quality assurance standards;
* Be flexible, as emergency services operate on a 24-hour clock; the incumbent's assigned work shift schedule may vary and the incumbent should be available to respond immediately for a call during the assigned work period, and the start and shift times may vary due to the nature of the business;
* Maintain a thorough working knowledge of local geography, which includes maps, streets, and grid book systems;
* Maintain a thorough working knowledge of applicable current standards of care, including equipment functions and uses;
* Assure that all certifications, licenses and registrations are up-to-date; and
* Conduct him/herself in a courteous, helpful, dignified and professional manner at all times when dealing with patients, co-workers, supervisors and or the public.
* Must be able to read, write and understand the English language.
* Company computer use requirement
* It is SEMSA’s expectation that all employees in all positions utilize the available company computer systems, including company email.
* These systems allow management to properly communicate with all employees and provide detailed information in various areas of employment.
* All of these links can be found on the “employee only” section of the company main webpage www.sierramed.org

What Does A Flight Paramedic Do At Highmark Health

* Collaborates within a multidisciplinary team to establish appropriate plan of care to safely transport acutely ill or injured patients.
* Provides advanced critical care life support and medical care according to established standards and protocols for the age population served according to regulatory requirements.
* Monitors and promotes safety of self and others while working in and around the aircraft/emergency vehicles.
* Serves as an AHN ambassador by demonstrating positive professional appearance, language, and conduct at all times in support of AHN and all of its customers.
* Participates in quality assurance activities such as chart audits and case reviews.
* Completes required documentation according to regulatory standards.
* Maintains expected state of transport readiness by maintaining and restocking equipment and supplies.
* Ability to pass pre-employment physical exam and meet height and weight requirements

What Does A Flight Paramedic Do At Air Methods

* Provides pre-hospital advanced life support care from the initial contact until patient care is relinquished to the accepting medical facility; maintains thorough patient care documentation.
* Practices within his/her scope of practice as defined by the states regulating each base and Air Methods CBS.
* Maintains competency in knowledge and psychomotor skills by participating in ongoing laboratory and clinical experiences.
* Communicates educational needs to the Medical Base Supervisor and Medical Education Coordinator.
* Maintains documentation of required licensure, certifications, continuing education, aviation and safety training, OSHA and HIPAA training, clinical rotations, and advanced procedures.
* Attends minimum of six educational programs per year pertinent to his/her practice.
* Knowledgeable in use and routine maintenance of all equipment and supplies used by Air Methods CBS.
* Responsible for reporting medical equipment failures and taking initial steps to insure repair of equipment as directed.
* Maintains adequate supplies onboard aircraft to deliver patient care.
* Keeps aircraft clean and orderly to insure rapid response to all transport requests.
* Participates in patient and referring institution follow-up and planned outreach marketing and education activities.
* Functions as a medical flight member by attending pre-mission briefings and mission debriefings and completes necessary documentation.
* Assists in pre-mission liftoff checklist and assists pilot as requested, i.e., radio, navigational, and visual observation activities.
* Complies with safety standards to assure safety of self, medical personnel, patient, and equipment.
* Conducts aircraft safety briefings as needed.
* Serves as a flight resource to neonatal/pediatric personnel when transporting specialty patients by helicopter.
* Performs advanced skills and procedures as approved by Air Methods CBS Medical Director(s).
* Serves as a role model, educator and clinical resource.
* Participates regularly in departmental activities, projects and committees (to include research and publishing opportunities).
* Maintains awareness of current issues related to pre-hospital care through participation in professional activities, i.e., national, state legislative--elected or appointed.
* Other Duties as assigned

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How To Become A Flight Paramedic

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics must complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.


Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs offers a list of accredited programs for EMTs and paramedics, by state.

Programs at the EMT level include instruction in assessing patients’ conditions, dealing with trauma and cardiac emergencies, clearing obstructed airways, using field equipment, and handling emergencies. Formal courses include about 150 hours of specialized instruction, and some instruction may take place in a hospital or ambulance setting.

Programs at the Advanced EMT level typically require about 400 hours of instruction. At this level, candidates learn EMT-level skills as well as more advanced ones, such as using complex airway devices, intravenous fluids, and some medications.

Paramedics have the most advanced level of education. They must complete EMT and Advanced EMT levels of instruction, along with courses in advanced medical skills. Community colleges and technical schools may offer these programs, which require about 1,200 hours of instruction and may lead to an associate’s degree. Paramedics’ broader scope of practice may include stitching wounds or administering intravenous medications.

High school students interested in becoming EMTs or paramedics should take courses in anatomy and physiology.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifies EMTs and paramedics. All levels of NREMT certification require completing a certified education program and passing the national exam. The national exam has both written and practical parts.

All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state. In most states, an individual who has NREMT certification qualifies for licensure; in others, passing an equivalent state exam is required. Usually, an applicant must be over the age of 18. Many states require background checks and may not give a license to an applicant who has a criminal history.

Although some emergency medical services hire separate drivers, most EMTs and paramedics take a course requiring about 8 hours of instruction before they can drive an ambulance.

Important Qualities

Compassion. EMTs and paramedics must be able to provide emotional support to patients in an emergency, especially patients who are in life-threatening situations or extreme mental distress.

Interpersonal skills. EMTs and paramedics usually work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations.

Listening skills. EMTs and paramedics need to listen to patients to determine the extent of their injuries or illnesses.

Physical strength. EMTs and paramedics need to be physically fit. Their job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.

Problem-solving skills. EMTs and paramedics must evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer appropriate treatments.

Speaking skills. EMTs and paramedics need to clearly explain procedures to patients, give orders, and relay information to others.

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Dakota

  • Tagalog


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Top Flight Paramedic Skills

  1. Safe Transport
  2. Scene Flights
  3. Life Support Care
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  • Provide care and safe transport for the sick and injured for a small city.
  • Provide emergency care during scene flights in rural Alaska in often inhospitable conditions.
  • Provided advanced life support care in fixed wing airplane.
  • Transport of critically ill medical and trauma patients.
  • Managed a medical helicopter base site for the world's largest helicopter and fixed wing critical care organization.

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