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    I am interested to know what "certifications" are required by Flight Paramedics in HEMS operations in the UK and Europe.
    Obviously Paramedic training and experience is a must as is orientation to HEMS operations course which includes basic flight medicine. I am currently in a debate with some colleagues (from the USA) as to the requirement for flight Paramedics to be "certified" by an outside agency. What are your opinions or current requirements?

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    PhilD,

    Currently the European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) with the UK Civil Aviation Authority adminster JAR OPS, it is JAR OPS 3, the regulations of HEMS operations, that you need to get your hands on.
    These regulations define two types of crewing, Medical Passengers or the HEMS crew member, the difference being, the HEMS crew member assists the pilot in navigation, in operating the air band radio etc, wheres the medical passenger is that, no assistance to the pilot, but still needs basic awareness training to the type of aircraft.
    The operating licence for the HEMS operation, will stipulate training needs.
    Most of the helicopter charter companies will provide the training for the crews inconjunction with there contract.

    Currently most of the UK Ambulance trusts second Paramedics to the Local HEMS operation but the likes of Great North Air Ambulance are employing direct.

    One service was advertising recently and required the applicant to have a minimum of 5 years frontline paramedic experience and hold ALS, EPLS and PHTLS.
    The selection process also included a trauma moulage.

    Hope that helps.

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    If you want to get on a course recognised by the nhs try bond aviation, not cheap but all the guys I know who have done it are now employed on helicopters.

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    I am interested to know what "certifications" are required by Flight Paramedics in HEMS operations in the UK and Europe.
    Obviously Paramedic training and experience is a must as is orientation to HEMS operations course which includes basic flight medicine. I am currently in a debate with some colleagues (from the USA) as to the requirement for flight Paramedics to be "certified" by an outside agency. What are your opinions or current requirements?

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    Hi PhilD,
    I was a HEMS paramedic in Cornwall for ten years and we had a certificate from BOND Helicopters stating that we were HEMS aircrew trained and the types of helicopters we were 'checked out on' i.e. MBB 105 and Eurocopter etc. To stay current you have to have your yearly line check and lifeboat drills etc.
    Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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