Thirty-six local firefighters are on their way to becoming certified paramedics through the island’s first training program, which has been launched by the Guam Community College.
The Paramedic Training Program will require 44 weeks of extensive on-site and online classes and participants are set to complete the program by May 30, 2021.
Those who finish the training will qualify to take the test to certify them as paramedics, the highest level of certification for emergency medical technicians.
Daren Burrier, an assistant fire chief of the Guam Fire Department, says that this program has been in development for 15 years and that participants will learn skills such as cardiac pacing and medicine administration.
“We’re looking at trying to get everyone to pass it. It’s a very difficult course, but I have every confidence in the personnel there and of course, they’ll help each other out. In the future, we get paramedics in the field and what we’re looking at is getting into community paramedicine. Community paramedicine is where EMS nationwide is going. We’re bringing continued care to people who have used our system to keep them out of the emergency room and give them the care they need at home,” Burrier said.
The Paramedic Training Program was developed with the help of GFD, the Guam Department of Labor, and the School of EMS in Texas. Funding for the program was made possible through the Manpower Development Fund.