Coast Guard flight paramedic provides higher level of care in Alaska

Kavsuvb

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Here's an example of what life is like working in the USCG in Alaska
 

VentMonkey

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That's the show I was referring to. Also, it really does seem like an invaluable commodity to this part of the world. Truly, a much needed service.
 

Kavsuvb

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@Kavsuvb trust me, I looked into it...about 10 years, and one back surgery ago. I'm pretty set with what I have. Thanks for sharing.

Again, if any younger (and physically fit) providers that are on the forum thinks it's something worth their time, I too would highly recommend doing some digging, and/ or networking. Apparently we have a reliable source on here.
I'm in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and we do have EMS people as well. Here's one program we have called the Auxilary Medical program
http://live.cgaux.org/?p=5495
 

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Interesting stuff - didn't realize USCG staffed some paramedics in aircraft. Seems like this is just an AK practice, though? I was under the impression that the Rescue Swimmers were EMTs, full stop?
I'm active duty Coast Guard stationed at the Training Center in CA... And I am a Paramedic (i work part time on the outside in a 911 system) however the Coast Guard didnt give me my Paramedic. I earned it on my own time/dime....
We do not staff "Flight Medics" regularly in our aircraft in fact this young lady featured above is filling a rare position its more like a collateral duty, its not a requirement. 95 percent of our aircraft is staffed by Rescue Swimmers who are Nationally Registered EMTs. Yes there is a rare exception that some of them went out and obtained their P card.
They have disbanned the programs to all but a couple of air stations that staff Aviation Medevac Specialists (Corpsman that fly) Sitka and Kodiak. I was stationed in Kodiak on a ship back in 2011 to 2014.... And the program pretty much was fizzling out..struggling to stay alive. It seems it has some new life to it now that this young lady and her fellow AMSs are giving it life again, and probably stand some pretty harsh duty rotations due to the lack of personnel to fatten the duty rotation. I'm glad to see a legitimate experienced (came into the CG with rhe experience) Paramedic is up there.
 

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Confession time... I've always wanted to be a Coastie. I became a wife and mom early on in life, and it just want in the cards. Now at almost 37, I am looking into the Coast Guard Auxiliary. I wouldn't mind volunteering in any capacity that they'd let me. I hope they need EMT's or Paramedics because that would be so cool to go out on those CG boats and help save people out on the water.
 

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Confession time... I've always wanted to be a Coastie. I became a wife and mom early on in life, and it just want in the cards. Now at almost 37, I am looking into the Coast Guard Auxiliary. I wouldn't mind volunteering in any capacity that they'd let me. I hope they need EMT's or Paramedics because that would be so cool to go out on those CG boats and help save people out on the water.
Your always welcome to join. We always need EMS to staff Boat crews and even on cutters
 

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The Auxiliary is NOT allowed to provide EMS care unless they are part of an AD Boat Crew, nor are AUX medical personnel allowed to work outside of a Health Services Clinic, they are only authorized to do clinic tasks, not emergency medicine.

The Auxiliary are restricted by regulations. This poster is making statements way outside the organization. She is actually in violation of Regs for what she has been posting.
 

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Kavsuvb

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The Auxiliary is NOT allowed to provide EMS care unless they are part of an AD Boat Crew, nor are AUX medical personnel allowed to work outside of a Health Services Clinic, they are only authorized to do clinic tasks, not emergency medicine.

The Auxiliary are restricted by regulations. This poster is making statements way outside the organization. She is actually in violation of Regs for what she has been posting.
Actually you're wrong here because as an Auxiliarist, we are allowed to do everything except for Law Enforcement and Military. Although we do have one Auxiliarist who as deployed to a combat zone in Bahrain. As for Auxiliarist using their EMT & Paramedic skills, it's allowed at Small boat stations and cutters.

This is the details;
Auxiliary EMS Participation:
Auxiliary certified and licensed First Responders and EMTs/Paramedics may be eligible to participate in the following medical support areas:
CG Clinic as "medical assistants" as described in COMDTINST 6010.2 (series) and the CG Medical Manual - this is at the discretion of local CG Clinic Manager and Senior Medical Officer.

Assist at Small Boat Station's as SAR Boat Crew at the EMT-1 level if the local command authorizes participation.Perform Advanced First Aid, CPR and use Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED) on Auxiliary Patrols in emergency situations if currently certified at the EMT-1 level or above.

Instruct courses in First Aid, CPR, AED use to CG and Auxiliary units - if a certified Instructor, Auxiliary Instructor qualified, and approved by the local unit command.
http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=H-DEPT&category=auxiliary-health-services

As long as your AUX Boat crew, Coxswain and PWC operator qualified, you can work with a local Coast Guard station and use your EMT skills. I know a Few Auxiliarist EMT's in the East coast who are Boat crew qualified and work with the Active duty/reserve boat crews at Stations and Sectors. Some even have the opportunity to deploy and teach on the USCGC Barque Eagle.

Also being an Auxiliarist with the US Coast Guard, curtain Auxiliarist who have Language skills can be called up by the USCG or USN for Language Interpreter and I know a few auxiliarist who are language Interpreters who have deployed overseas with the US Navy and US Coast Guard.
Here's details on the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Interpreter Corps. http://icdept.cgaux.org/
 

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I’m MORE than aware what an Aux can and more importantly, CANNOT do. You can play EMT. You can’t work as a Paramedic. The “Medical Assistant” position is just that: an MA, not anything else.
The Aux is severely restricted in what it’s members do. You make it sound like you are a CG member, you are a VOLUNTEER, who assists as a volunteer, and while some Stations may work with you all, there are some that dont, and won’t. I’ve been on the Gold Side and the Silver Side, you are also proscribed from volunteering at any Tactical Units. Your Aux Terp is NOT harms way. At all.
 

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Reading a book about the 212th up there.

I'm interested in who is tasked first, the CG or the PJ's. I'm sure it's all mission relative and inter-agency coordination but would be fascinating to read about.
 
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