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Paramedic students collaborate with renowned FDNY

Paramedic students collaborate with renowned FDNY

Published:07 November 2018

CQUni Paramedic Science students pictured at various locations in New York City.

CQUniversity Paramedic Science students have just returned from New York City after collaborating with the world-renowned Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

The FDNY is widely recognised as one of the largest and most sophisticated EMS (Emergency Management) organisations in the world.

"This unique educational experience gave the Paramedic students a behind-the-scenes perspective of one of the oldest and busiest EMS systems in the world," says CQUni Paramedic lecturer Joelene Gott, who led the excursion alongside Head of Course Shannon Delport.

"New York City has a population of 8.55 million people, with approximately 4500 emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics who work for the FDNY.  This number does not include the private, hospital and volunteer ambulances that also operate within NYC.

"The FDNY EMS Command continues to advance into the future. Their most important goal continues to be the consistent provision of the finest, most advanced pre-hospital care.  They have also developed and run a counter-terrorism course that is said to be the newest and best of its kind."

Ms Gott said this unique educational experience gave the Paramedic students a behind-the-scenes perspective of one of the oldest and busiest EMS systems in the world.

"The students had the opportunity to liaise with leaders of FDNY and to learn about different components of their system and how they operate.

"They visited FDNY HQs and the FDNY communication centre. They visited the FDNY Training Academy where not only the fire department train but also the Rescue and HAZTAC (Hazardous Material Tactical Units) paramedics.

"They visited the Emergency Management Training (EMT) and Paramedic Training Academy, where they experienced both the simulation training room and skills stations, along with the vehicle training simulation truck.  The students also conducted five on-road shifts with both EMTs and paramedics.

"The career-long benefits of the experience include the ability to compare and contrast different systems, an ability crucial to clinicians and future leaders who will be called upon to create the EMS systems of the future."