Is It Hard to Become a Flight Medic?

Flight paramedic positions are extremely competitive. The most common Air Ambulance Flight Crew configuration in the United States is one pilot, one flight nurse and one flight paramedic.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics held about 210,700 jobs in 2008.

The 2008 Atlas and Database of Air Medical Services (ADAMS) lists 699 rotor wing (helicopter) and 154 fixed wing (airplane or jet) air medical bases in 2008.

To staff an air ambulance base 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – a minimum of 4.5 full time nurses and 4.5 full time paramedics are needed. Multiplying a total of 4.5 flight paramedic positions per base times 853 total bases (RW and FW) equals 3838.5 flight paramedic jobs in the United States.

Since the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not distinguish between paramedic and EMT jobs, we divided the 210,700 total EMT and paramedic jobs to estimate 105,350 ground paramedics in the United States.

3838.5 flight jobs divided by 105,350 potential applicants equals 3.64 percent.

The result is fierce competition for each and every open flight medic position.

So what can you do to make yourself more competitive?

Here are five ways to improve your chances for a flight paramedic position:

1. Build experience working for a ground ambulance service.

2. Earn as many instructor certifications as possible.

3. Pursue critical care certifications as soon as possible.

4. Make your interactions with local air ambulance flight crews positive.

5. Request to meet with the program director or senior staff of air ambulance programs you’re interested in.

There is simply no substitute for experience. Many flight programs require a minimum of three years experience as a ground paramedic. The average experience requirement is 3 to 5 years of ground experience.

Instructor ratings are also helpful. They distinguish the average candidate from the exceptional. The theory is that if you can teach, you can do. Instructor ratings also show a commitment to improving your industry, as well as the ability to work well with your peers and other professionals.

Critical care experience, although not required, is something else that distinguishes applicants for flight crew positions. As soon as you start to reach a comfort level with your skills as a paramedic, it is highly recommended that you pursue critical care training as soon as possible. If critical care training is unavailable in your area, consider traveling to obtain certification. Yet another option is to work as an emergency room technician and gain exposure and experience to higher-level trauma inside a hospital setting.

Make your interactions with air medical crew positive. Remember, this is the team you want to be a part of. The more professional you present yourself the better.

As soon as possible, request to meet with program directors of air ambulance programs you want to work for. Ask them directly the best way to work for their program.

Flight paramedic positions require a herculean amount of effort. The good news is that almost every flight paramedic we work with reports the career is absolutely worth the effort.

Critical Thinking: Why Is It Hard For Some People To Accept That Their Government Lies To Them?

There are those that not only believe that their government, along with other governments around the world, would lie to them but who also have the evidence to back it up. This is then not going to be something that has just happened once; it will be something that takes place on a regular basis.

Someone like this could talk about what has happened in the past, laying down a number of instances when this has happened. In addition to talking about when this has taken place in their country; they can give examples of when this has happened in other countries.

A Mixed Response

If they were to speak freely about what they know, they are likely to find there are at least three types of people. Firstly, there are those that agree with them, secondly, those that are unsure, and thirdly, those that completely dismiss what they have to say.

The first two types of people are unlikely to leave the same mark on them as the third type of people. When they have shared what they know with these types of people, they may have often been labelled as a conspiracy theorist and/or someone who is basically crazy.

A Strange Scenario

One may have shared what they know, and even given sources that back up what they believe, only to be treated like they have a screw loose and should be locked away. It is then not that one will have looked deeply into what is going on and found evidence; no, it is that they are someone who is delusional and believes in fantasies.

Ultimately, when one opens up to someone who can’t even entertain, let alone accept, that their government would lie to them, they are going to be wasting their precious energy. It will be far better for them to save their energy and to direct somewhere else, somewhere where it can be put to good use.

The Ideal Scenario

When someone is unable to consider the idea that their government would lie to them, it could be said that they are the perfect citizen. Let’s face it; the last thing that a government would want is for the citizenry to be aware of their misdeeds.

And when someone like this person says this to another person that has looked deeper, and even tries to silence them, they will be unknowingly supporting what their government is doing. This won’t occur to them, though, because they won’t have taken the time to look a little deeper into what is going on.

The Desire

It would be easy to say that those that are not aware of the kinds of things that their government does are not intelligent. But this would be an oversimplification, and it would create the impression that those that do look deeper are intelligent.

Rather than it being about how intelligent someone is, it would probably be more accurate to say that it often comes down to whether or not the desire to find out the truth is there or not. There are those that are highly intelligent but that don’t have this desire and those that are not exceptionally intelligent that do.

Two Parts

When it comes to what gives someone the desire to find out what is true and what isn’t and who doesn’t simply accept what the mainstream media tells them, it is hard to say. Perhaps they were born this way or perhaps something happened to them to make them this way.

Another thing that is bound to play a part is the relationship that someone has with their own emotions. This is not to say that those that are interested in what is true and what isn’t, have a very healthy relationship with their emotions.

Opening Pandora’s Box

However, if someone is unable to accept that their government would lie to them, and has done for a very long time, it can show that it is due to what they are not willing to face within themselves. In other words, if they were to accept this, what would it bring up to the surface of their mind?

What it could bring up is feelings that they have avoided for a very long time; feelings that are too painful for them to face. Not questioning what is going on is then not so much about them not believing that the government would lie; it is more about them keeping certain feelings, feelings that they are probably not even consciously aware of, at bay.

Going Deeper

In some cases, someone could unconsciously perceive the government as a parental figure, someone that is there to take care of them. Through seeing them in this way, even if they are not aware of it, it allows them to experience a false sense of safety and security.

Perhaps their early years were not very nurturing or stable, hence why they expect so much from the government. Ergo, if they were to see that this parental figure was not who they made themselves out to be it could bring up some of their early wounds.

A Defence

Maintaining the illusion that they have created is then going to be essential, that’s if they are to avoid what is taking place inside them. If they were to let go of this illusion, they could end up being in a bad way and even falling apart.

The trouble is that through needing to keep all this pain at bay, it stops them from being able to accept what is going on. To use an analogy: their experience is very similar to someone who is unable to face up to the fact that their partner is cheating, thanks to what it would end up triggering inside them.


What this illustrates is how someone’s inner world can prevent them from being able to see what is often right in front of them. Thus, when it comes to thinking critically, having a certain level of emotional intelligence is important.