What Flight Paramedics Do
Flight paramedics respond by helicopter or airplane to provide emergency medical care to patients. Flight paramedics pass critical information about the patient’s condition to the receiving hospital.
Paramedics work under pressure and are required to understand a broad randge of injuries and treatment options. When flying, paramedics are typically teamed with a flight nurse and EMS pilot.
The International Association of Flight Paramedics (IAFP) estimates 250 applicants for each Flight Paramedic position in the United States.
What Flight Paramedics Get Paid
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2012 that the median annual salary for paramedics and emergency medical technicians was $31,020. The highest-paid individuals earned over $53,550 annually in 2012, while the lowest-paid workers earned $20,180 annually.
The BLS resported employment for paramedics and emergency medical technicians is expected to increase 33% for the years 2010 through 2020 (www.bls.gov). Growth is spurred by an increasing number of elderly citizens who need medical care.
What Qualifications Flight Paramedics Need
Minimum three years current experience as a paramedic on an Advanced Life Support Team and/or Critical Care Transport Team.
State paramedic license.
Certificate programs, Associate degree and Bachelor degree programs available.
Within the established guidelines of the flight program. Maximum weight of 200 – 225 lbs duty weight (includes personal gear, survival vest, etc). Many programs have no weight restrictions.
*In some cases one qualification may be substituted for another. For example, BTLS for PHTLS .
*Specific qualifications are dependent on individual flight programs and applicable state guidelines. Don’t worry, we cover some easy “under the radar” ways to identify specific qualifications required at your target flight programs.