by Airman First Class Cheyenne Morigeau
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
8/5/2015 - TUCSON, Ariz. -- Twenty-one
U.S. Air Force Airmen graduated from a paramedic training course at the
Pima Community College Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute
The course is a four-month accelerated paramedic certification that is
usually 10 months to complete and consists of classroom and field
experience training created specifically for Airmen. This was the third
class of Airmen to graduate from the PSESI paramedic training course.
"These Airmen go through 57 chapters and get certified in pre-trauma
life support, advanced medical life support, pediatric care, pediatric
life support, advanced cardiovascular life support and toxicology," said
Chris Christensen, PSESI course manager. "They also complete close to
500 hours of hands on experience."
To gain field experience, the paramedic students spend four hours at the
Tucson Fire Department dispatch center and ride along with TFD
ambulances. The students also spend time in intensive care units,
pediatric ICUs, labor, delivery and emergency rooms.
"The course is rigorous," said Staff Sgt. Brendon Baez, 60th Aerospace
Medicine Squadron hyperbaric medicine technician and student. "It's six
days a week for four months with over 1,200 hours of class time and
Upon completion of this course, the Airmen will receive a National Registry Certification.
"Every student can meet with the student services advisor and she
performs a degree check and gives them their degree plan pathway,"
Christensen said. "They will walk away with 57 college credits that they
can apply to an associate, bachelors or their Community College of the
Air Force degree."
The paramedic training course offered through PSESI is the only course
that medical Airmen can take to become nationally registered paramedics.
"This is the only college that the Air Force is working with to train
Airmen to become paramedics," said Shane Clark, PSESI advanced program
manager. "The partnership between Pima and the Air Force is an
incredible privilege. We love supporting our local first responders, but
now we have the ability to train paramedics that belong to our Air
Force and will use those skills not only at their home station, but also
when they deploy to hostile situations."
This course is only available to ranks airman first class through
technical sergeant who fall under the 4N0X1 and 4N0X1C Air Force
specialty codes, have less than 14 years of service and have an Advanced
Life Support platform. If they do not have an ALS platform, they must
be eligible to make a permanent change of duty location upon completion
of the course.
For more information and to find out if you qualify to take the course, contact your local 4N functional manager.