Edmonds firefighter Tom Flett is among 21 public-safety professionals from areas outside of Seattle accepted for the Medic One Paramedic Training Program beginning next fall. After the completion of the 10-month, full-time program, the newly trained paramedics will return to their respective departments better equipped to respond to emergency medical situations, noted a Medic One Foundation spokeswoman.
The new crop of students represent emergency medical services providers from Bainbridge Island, Camano Island, Edmonds, Everett, South King County, Lynnwood, Marysville, Redmond, Shoreline and Vashon Island.
“These cities provide the wherewithal to put men and women in trucks and the trucks on the street. But nowhere is there a line item in their budgets for the breadth and intensity of training that will enable these students to do precisely what a well-trained doctor would do at the scene of a life-threatening emergency,” said Dr. Michael Copass, medical director for Seattle Medic One.
Funded entirely by charitable contributions, Medic One Foundation works in partnership with the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, local fire departments and EMS providers to create program enhancements for emergency medical services that have resulted in survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest that are several times greater than the national average.
For more information on the Medic One Foundation visit www.mediconefoundation.org.