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Careers with the EMS in Iceland

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The EMS stands for – Emergency Medical Services in Iceland and is a government funded organization. The EMS is broad in scope and extends to providing ambulance rescue services. There are presently around 400 certified EMS staff in Iceland. Careers with this organization are competitive, and require applicants to satisfy a number of pre-requisites in order to be successful in gaining a position, such as a paramedic.

 

Training Required

To qualify for a career within the EMS, it is necessary for applicants to successfully complete the necessary training courses. Although there is not an official national training standard for EMS employees, the training provided for candidates is closely based on the training standards in the U.S.

For a career as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), individuals must attend the Iceland Centre for EMS Education and receive certification as an EMS staff.

Emergency Medical Technician Skills

Basic level:

Automatic External Defibrillator

Supraglottal Airways

 

Intermediate level:

Automatic External Defibrillator

Supraglottal Airways

IV initiation

Epinephrine in Cardiac Arrest

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Paramedic training

At present paramedic training is not available in Iceland, thus paramedic candidates are trained in America at the Center for Emergency Medicine in Pennsylvania. There are approximately 20 paramedics in Iceland, and the career opportunities for qualified individuals remains very lucrative.

Paramedic skills

Automatic External Defibrillator

Supraglottal Airways

IV initiation

Epinephrine in Cardiac Arrest

Needle Cricothyrotomy

Endotracheal Intubation


 

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