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CAB Medics train with KCC paramedic instructors


Story by Sgt. Jessica DuVernay

CAB Medics train with KCC paramedic instructors HONOLULU – Medics assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, partnered with Kapiolani Community College in August, for the 1st phase of the 25th CAB’s Paramedic Home Station Training Program.

The program, still in production, will allow 25th CAB medics, to train, earn and maintain paramedic certification that is required to qualify as an Army flight medic.

We are doing this to create a standards-based home station paramedic training program that supports the requirements set forth by Army EMS and our civilian counterparts” explained Master Sgt. Gene Belis, brigade senior medical noncommissioned officer.
Currently, medics need to recertify several licenses within three years to maintain their credentials. According to Maj. Alan Wu, the 25th CAB flight surgeon, with this program the CAB is working to recertify all medics every two years in order to keep them ahead of the curve.

“We created a marriage between Kapiolani Community College and the 25th CAB that opened the door for two things: the first being it provided the courses for us to maintain and recertify paramedic and critical care licensure,” Belis explained. “It also provides an opportunity for additional medics within the brigade, and possibly the division, to go through the course.”

The August training was comprised of 4 classes: Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Medics were trained for a total of 16 hours for each class.

“This training is important because we can get the Soldiers familiar with standards,” said Edward Caballero, a Department of EMS Instructor with the University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College. “There is complete continuity of patient care as everyone is trained on the same level.”

Once completed the program will include 72 hours of mandated training through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, and includes up-to-date classes on current trends and standards throughout the medical field. This initial phase included 48 hours of training and produced 44 credentials.

“This was very in-depth training. They taught more than just what is needed to pass a test,” said Sgt. Stephen Van Eps, company C 3-25 flight medic. “I was able to really learn and grasp concepts through KCC. I learned a lot more than I thought I would.”

The benefits of having the Soldiers attend KCC for training will ultimately be passed on to Soldiers the medics may perform life saving procedures on in the future.

“The instructors actually do the equivalent of our same job in the civilian sector; they are doing the same work just not wearing the uniform,” said Staff Sgt. Rene Dizon, company C, 3-25 flight medic. “Civilians are going to see it more often because we are a wartime element, whereas, they are a peacetime and they are going to see their work more often. For them to give us that hands on knowledge, that’s really beneficial.”

To finish their certifications, the Soldiers will take their final class in September called Electrocardiography and Pharmacology. The brigade will also continue to train additional medics as classes come available. Expanding the program to medics throughout the entire 25th Infantry Division is a possibility in the future.

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