Interview with a Flight Paramedic : High-Flying Simulation Training
From L.A. to Arizona, and beyond, flight paramedic Andrew Merrill has experienced a lot. Here, he shares just a bit about how simulation training fits into his professional life.
Andrew Merrill FP-C (Flight Paramedic/Certified, Clinical Base Educator and Project Leader for HPS Scenario Development at Air Methods in Arizona), began his career in emergency medical services in 1995. He worked as an Explorer for the Los Angeles County Fire Department and cut his teeth on varying levels of safety protocols, hands-on development training, and the basics of emergency services coordination.
But it didn’t take long for the young EMS professional to see himself doing something more, on a grander and higher scale.
“After working as an EMS, I became an EMT in 1998 and worked for an ambulance company in Inglewood, California,” says Merrill. “In 2004, I became a paramedic, and started flying for Air Methods in 2008.”
Air Methods, a global leader in air medical transportation, is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Since its founding in 1980 by Roy Morgan, the company has directly transported more than two and a half million critically injured patients — either from the scene of an accident, or from a general care facility — to highly skilled trauma centers or tertiary care centers around the country, for additionally necessary medical attention.
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Originally published at caehealthcare.com.