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Syndication

Grace under pressure.

EMS crews are known for it.

EMS crews live it. EMS crews thrive on it.

That's the reason what I'm about to tell you next, may surprise you . . .

I can strike fear in any seasoned paramedic with two simple words.

Two words.

It's true, and it's easy to do.

Want to know the words?

Flight interview.

That's it. That's all it takes to get even seasoned paramedics, pilots and nurses hearts racing. Wannabe flight crews fear the flight interview.

Why?

Some fear is the natural byproduct of performance stress. The performance stress we all feel when trying to do our best. This type of fear is healthy and usually beneficial. Everyone who interviews feels some performance based stress and fear.

But flight interviews go well beyond normal performance pressure.

There’s more to flight interviews than most people realize. A lot more.

Flight interviews are different than ‘regular’ interviews.

Why Flight Interviews are Different

What makes a flight interview different?

A flight interview is a process.

A flight interview is a multi-step screening process designed to eliminate over 90 percent of all applicants.

A flight interview is a step all nurses, pilots and paramedics go through to get hired to staff medical helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. I say “process” because that’s exactly what it is.

"There’s more involved in a flight interview than a ‘regular’ interview. Flight interviews ask more of candidates than almost any other professional interview, including other health and aviation interviews."

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Category:Flight Crew -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT
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Have you ever worked for someone who takes complete responsibility for ALL their actions?

Someone who never passes the buck?

I have.

It’s awesome.

It’s inspiring.

It’s leadership to the core.

One of the officers I served with followed this creed. He never passed the buck. Never. He took complete responsibility for everything in his charge.

Everything.

He was also a complete hard-ass.

But it didn’t matter. Everyone still loved him and wanted to work for him… including me.

Why?

Because he knew the secret.

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Category:Career -- posted at: 9:51am EDT
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Category:Career -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT
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“The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie.” ~Anonymous

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Category:General -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT
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Listen to Jennifer Medlin share her experiences the first year on the job as a Flight Nurse for Pafford Air One.  Jennifer explains her path to getting qualified, getting hired and some secrets about the Air Medical Industry.  If you've ever thought of a Flight Nursing career, this is a podcast you'll definitely want to hear.

Direct download: Jennifer_Medlin_Part_One.mp3
Category:Flight Crew -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT
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Hear the results of Rod Witkos Flight Paramedic Interview.  Rod is offered and accepts a Flight Paramedic position with UMASS LifeFlight, one of the premier air medical programs in the United States.  Listen to how the job offer was made, the excitement of accepting the position and the training scheduled to prepare Rod for his new career!  We love sharing success stories!

Direct download: Rod_Witkos_New_Flight_Paramedic.mp3
Category:Flight Crew -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT
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Hear the exact questions paramedic Rod Witkos, 21-year veteran was asked at his two air ambulance interviews.  Find out how to handle a panel style interview and how to prepare for and answer difficult interview questions.  The secrets to succeeding in a flight interview will surpirse you.

Direct download: Rod_Witkos_Flight_Paramedic_Interview_Tips.mp3
Category:Flight Crew -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT
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Smart flight crews know dispatch and flight communications specialists are their best friends.  Nothing goes well without effective communications.  Listen to our interview with Sean Walsh, Emergency Dispatcher in Northern New Jersey.  He tells about a 'typical day,' how he got started and what is required to compete for dispatcher positions.

Direct download: Emergency_Dispatcher_Sean_Walsh.mp3
Category:Dispatch -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT
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Part II of our interview with Guru Flight Nurse Missy Gann.  If you're serious about a flight nursing career, do not miss this interview!  Missy tells the exact steps she took to begin her nursing and flight nursing careers.  She also explains exactly what it takes to succeed as a flight nurse in today's fast-paced and fast-changing air medical world.

Direct download: Interview_with_Flight_Nurse_Missy_Gann_Part_2.mp3
Category:Career -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT
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If your Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency is like most EMS agencies, it does great work. Its whole purpose is to help people. So why is it so hard to get the word out about what you do? People need help. ¬†You want to help them. What’s the problem? In a word, information overload (okay, [...]
Category:Blog -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT
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