Job Tips for Future Flight Nurses, Flight Medics & EMS Pilots
Confrontations with Drug Smugglers – 23
Total drugs confiscated – 66,000 lbs
Street value of seized cocaine – $1.01 billion
Watching one drug cartel submarine sink
to the bottom of the ocean …. priceless!
An epic month for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Intercepting a billion dollars worth of drugs and keeping it off American streets is no small accomplishment. And easy as it is to get caught up in the excitement, a better approach is asking what we can learn from it?
What Can We Learn
Is there anything the Coast Guard can teach us about how to get an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) flying job?
Can we model Coast Guard success to achieve our goal of flying air medical?
The answer is yes, absolutely.
This article gives you 3 tools to get started.
Looking for drug smugglers in open ocean is like searching for a needle in a haystack. It’s extremely difficult work. Big ocean, small drug boat (or in this case, submarine). Even with state-of-the-art technology, the challenge is daunting.
Pinpointing the exhaust stack of a homemade submarine designed to elude radar and visual detection is no easy task. It’s hard work even for the Coast Guard.
So how do they do it? And what can we learn from them?
Pro Hacks for Getting An EMS Helicopter Job
1.) Follow a Plan
Nothing in the Coast Guard happens by chance.
You don’t just “show up” and start looking around for drug smugglers. Success is always preceded by planning. Coast Guard men and women plan, prepare and train relentlessly.
The Coast Guard does drug interdiction 24/7/365. Executing these missions with precision takes planning.
Lesson: If you want to fly, you need to follow a plan.
“Winging it” in today’s extremely competitive environment for flight jobs will not get you the results you want.
If you’re serious about flying, you need a serious plan.
Sit down right now and flesh out your personal flight plan. Use mind-map software, pen and pencil, crayola… whatever you prefer. The key is to take action and do it. The act of writing down your goals is critical. So is following a plan.
2.) Be Ready
The Coast Guard Motto is “Semper Paratus” —Always Ready
Finding a needle in a haystack is one thing, apprehending drug smugglers by force and confiscating over 66,000 pounds of cocaine is entirely another thing.
Both jobs require a constant state of readiness.
Lesson: If you want to fly, you need to be ready too.
How tragic would it be to get called for a short-notice flight interview and not have a resume? Or cover letter? Or suit and tie?
It sounds silly, but at Flight Safety Network we’ve pretty much seen it all at when it comes to flight interview preparation (and lack of). And that’s not a bust on any of our coaching students. They’re some of the most talented nurses, paramedics, and pilots in the country. But talent alone isn’t enough. Talent does not equal preparation.
To fly air medical, you’ll need both.
3.) Partner Up
The Coast Guard never goes it alone.
The Coast Guard partners with any agency that can help them accomplish their mission. The Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Foreign Coast Guards and other agencies within the Department of Homeland Security to name just a few.
Lesson: You need partnerships too.
Your personal and professional network is key to a successful air medical career. You’ll need a strong network in place both to get, and to keep an air medical flight crew job.
How To Get Started
How do I get started?
I don’t have the time, money, and resources of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Fair enough. But realize getting a flight job is about doing the very best with what you have.
No matter how good you get in EMS and air medical, there will always be someone better. Someone with more connections, more time, or just plain more drive.
I know that can be a bit of a blow for some of the strong personalities in emergency medical services, but it’s true. Realize the best you can do is exactly that. The best you can do.
The question is whether or not you’re currently doing it?
You don’t have to plan or execute with the same precision as the U.S. Coast Guard. But you do need to do all the tasks mentioned well.
Follow a plan, be ready, and partner up to accelerate your success getting an air medical flight crew job.
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