PAC and NAEMT form strategic alliance

PAC and NAEMT form strategic alliance

The US-based National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Paramedic Association of Canada have finalised an agreement to work collaboratively to provide continuing education to EMTs and paramedics in Canada.

The US-based National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) have finalised an agreement in which both organisations will work collaboratively to ‘provide high-quality continuing education to EMTs and paramedics in Canada’.

NAEMT and PAC said they will work together to increase awareness about the quality and value of NAEMT’s continuing education courses among provincial leaders with jurisdiction over emergency medical services (EMS), and within EMS agencies. The two associations will also work with EMS training centres to bring NAEMT courses to their students.

A statement from the organisations noted that PAC creates and publishes Canada's National Occupational Competencies for Paramedics, standards that are used by EMT and paramedic training programmes in Canada. NAEMT offers continuing education courses in the US and in 60 other countries.

“PAC looks forward to furthering collaborations with NAEMT,” said Chris Hood, president of PAC. “It is the mission of both of our associations to help provide EMTs and paramedics in Canada with greater access to quality education which, in turn, contributes to their ability to better serve the public's health needs.”

NAEMT president Conrad ‘Chuck’ Kearns added: “We look forward to working with PAC to ensure that every EMS practitioner in Canada has access to the same high standards of EMS education that are preferred around the globe.”