Lifeline was the first Irish ambulance company to train and deploy EMTs in the ambulance and events sectors and recognises the valuable contribution that they make in the areas of patient care and transport.
Lifeline ambulance personnel are required to be continuously registered with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). The Lifeline crewing matrix is comprised of Paramedic:Paramedic, Paramedic:EMT and EMT:EMT configurations, depending on client and patient requirements. The role of the Advanced Paramedic in Lifeline is predominantly to mentor Paramedic and EMT staff, and can entail working alongside them to review and assist them in the optimal performance of their duties, including the provision of comprehensive ongoing clinical audit feedback on actual patient interactions, scenario management exercises, etc., as required.
Lifeline’s policy is to ensure that staff are trained/retrained in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at CFR-Advanced level, and patient moving/manual handling, and that they are always within certification. In addition, Lifeline ensures that staff are upskilled in accordance with PHECC’s Continual Professional Competency (CPC) requirements, as well as in accordance with internally specified ongoing CPC training. Lifeline develops new, internal training modules in response to clinical conditions regularly arising during normal operations. In one such case, the Lifeline training programme has been adopted by the HSE National Ambulance Service.