Carefully managing a field training officer program can help an EMS department safeguard its community. Failure with such an undertaking, however, can harm the reputation of an agency and put lives in danger.
Organizations need to make sure they select only qualified and prepared field training officers; candidates should be compassionate, professional and well-educated in department procedures.
These officers will help onboard new EMTs, familiarizing them in protocol and procedure, as well as evaluating the trainees according to preset guidelines. Training officers should be ready to answer both general medical process questions and queries specific to their departments.
Having qualified field training officers creates a pipeline for developing trainees' skills.
Public safety workforce management software can help departments track the results of their field training programs. For example, individual EMT evaluations can be tracked and saved. Certification levels with automated renewal reminders can be generated. And time spent participating in field simulations can be tracked and charged against funding departments or grants. In the long run, EMS organizations are more effectively managed with these types of safeguards in place - and their communities are better served.
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