Louisville Metro EMS Announces First Ever “Advanced EMTs” in Jefferson County
12 Advanced EMT’s and 4 EMT Captains Promoted
LOUISVILLE, Ky., November 14, 2019 – Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services (LMEMS) recognized 14 individuals in a promotion ceremony today, including 12 EMTs promoted to Advanced EMT, a first-of-its-kind position in Jefferson County and Louisville Metro EMS.
Advanced EMTs can provide a level of care beyond an EMT-Basic, including starting an IV, providing medication, and performing advanced airway management.
The 12 Advanced EMTs completed a roughly 6-month hybrid course that allowed them, as current EMTs, to continue to work full time for LMEMS while completing their coursework. They attended class one day per week, got clinical hours both in hospitals and a field setting, and did coursework on their own.
During today’s ceremony, four people also were promoted to Captain, including two from the new Advanced EMT class.
“These individuals have shown they have the skills, judgment, courage and compassion to save lives,’ said Mayor Greg Fischer. “They now have chosen to invest in their work and develop new skills, assume more responsibilities, and benefit our city.”