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New IAFCCP Online Critical Care Paramedic Exam Review

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New from IAFCCP!  You can now access the Critical Care Paramedic Exam Review on the go!

This new study guide, available now on iBooks offers a convenient way to prepare for the FP-C® and CCP-C® examinations--on the go with your Mac or iPad or iPhone!  As with the printed version, the iBooks study resource matches the broad content divisions of the FP-C® an CCP-C® exam outlines, and features over 400 critical care transport questions in list format as well as interactive versions with a detailed rationale for each answer at the end of the chapters.

Buy yours now!  Only $39.99 at iTunes!

The Critical Care Paramedic Exam Review will be available on Kindle this fall.  Printed copies can be purchased at the IAFCCP Booth during AMTC.  

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NEMSPA Safety Iniatives

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The National EMS Pilots Association released new documentation on their En-route Decision Point (EDP) protocol concept and their CHAMPS project, formerly known as the No Pressure Initiative.  More information can be obtained on

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Call for speakers for 2014 CCTMC

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Looking for dynamic speakers to deliver cutting-edge topics for our 2014 Conference in Austin, TX.  Submission Deadline is August 1, 2013.

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IAFCCP Launches Tim Hynes Foundation at CCTMC

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Tuesday, April 09, 2013



April 9, 2013




IAFCCP Launches Tim Hynes Foundation


AUSTIN, TX     The International Association of Flight & Critical Care Paramedics (IAFCCP) proudly announces the launch of the Tim Hynes Foundation. Through career development, access to education, and programs to improve leadership abilities, the Foundation is dedicated to reinforcing and advancing medical transport safety.


"The IAFCCP is committed to promotion of safety in our profession,” said IAFCCP President Chris Hall.  "Creation of the Tim Hynes Foundation carries this commitment forward in the transport community through financial support of campaigns, education, and best practices that enhance safety.”


On behalf of the Air Medical Crew Education Fund, Jon Gryniuk presented a check in the amount of $5,000, which was matched by Chairman Graham Pierce, of the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC), with a promise of an annual contribution.


As an inaugural fundraising event, the Foundation hosted the first annual Tim Hynes Foundation Golf Outing at the Barton Creek Golf Course in Austin, Texas ahead of the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference (CCTMC). The fundraiser was supported and attended by numerous air medical professionals and industry leaders.


Tim Hynes was an IAFCCP founding member who was passionate about his profession. He lost his life in a rescue mission in 1998. "My dad devoted his life to doing what he loved. His job was never just a job to him. I think he would be proud of the work we will be doing with the foundation” remarked Jamie Kinder. Jamie joins John R. Clark and Jonathan Gryniuk on the Tim Hynes Foundation Board of Directors.


The foundation is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization supported by fellow philanthropic donations.


To make a donation or for additional information, contact:



For additional information, contact:



Monica Newman, Executive Director

4835 Riveredge Cove

Snellville, GA 30039



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Air Medical Transport Conference - Pre-conference

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AMTC in Seattle, WA is just two months away! The IAFCCP is sponsoring a Pre-Conference presentation, "Live” Interactive Case Studies – Taken from the Streets, presented by Mike Helbock.  The presentation will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 0800 to 1200. Register online at  This is an excellent presentation you don't want to miss!  The IAFCCP is also presenting a critical care lab on Wednesday.  Sign up at IAFCCP booth #312.  Space is limited.


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Substance Abuse in HEMS Industry - Survey

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Thursday, July 12, 2012

Participate in a ground-breaking survey on substance abuse in the HEMS industry. 

There is currently no data available on substance abuse specific to either pre-hospital emergency medical services or air medical personnel.  The purpose of this anonymous survey is to to (1) break the silence, (2) identify the prevalence in HEMS and (3) initiate an industry-wide conversation on how to cope with this challenging issue. Where is the balance between retaining highly trained, experienced Air Medical Providers, and zero tolerance for putting lives at risk?

The survey will be available through September.   The data will be presented at a lecture at AMTC12 in Seattle, Washington. We thank you for taking the time to take this survey!

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Supreme Court Decision on PPACA - An Analysis

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Thursday, July 12, 2012

 Link provides an analysis of the Supreme Court Decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Act.  Provided by Holland & Knight. 

More information regarding the Court's decision and its impact on EMS will be posted soon.

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FDA Reform Act Passed by House of Representatives

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Friday, June 08, 2012
The House approved H.R. 5651, the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act, in a 387-5 vote.  The bipartisan bill includes provisions to help address the nationwide drug shortage issue. In particular, as a result of the efforts of 16 EMS/CCT-related organizations, the report language accompanying the bill clarifies that drugs used for treatment in emergency care situations, including resuscitation, are to be included in the FDA's drug shortage notification process. Furthermore, Rep. Burgess (R-TX) secured an additional component of the GAO study in the legislation that would evaluate how providers are compensating for a lack of access to preferred drugs in caring for their patients and whether there are impediments to their ability to adjust accordingly that can be ameliorated.

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FDA User Fee Bill Passed By Senate

Posted By Monica J. Newman, Friday, June 08, 2012
The Senate passed S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, by a vote of 96-1.  The bill maintains the revisions to the drug shortage notification process that our group of 16 EMS/CCT-related organizations sought during the bill's development at the Committee level.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee amended the statutory language in its bill to cover manufacturers of drugs used in the provision of emergency medical care and surgery and included all sterile injectable drugs as well. (The original draft included "life-supporting" and "life-sustaining" drugs, but did not make specific reference to drugs used in emergency situations.)

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2012 Tim Hynes Award Winner Announced

Posted By Monica Newman, Thursday, April 12, 2012

The International Association of Flight & Critical Care Paramedics (IAFCCP) is proud to announce that Graham Pierce of PHI Air Medical, LLC is the recipient of the 2012 Tim Hynes Award.

Mr. Pierce is the 14th recipient of this prestigious award. The official presentation will be made during the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference (CCTMC) in Nashville, Tennessee on April 3, 2012.

Mr. Pierce, originally from Dublin, Ireland came to the US and started his EMS career as a paramedic in the Chicago suburbs. Moving to California, he started flying as a paramedic for the AirMed Team at Doctor’s Hospital in Modesto and later became the Program Director, being one of the first paramedic flight program directors in the country. An exceptional leader, Mr. Pierce’s contributions to the flight paramedic profession are perhaps most widely felt as the
driving force in the creation of the certification exam that would validate the body of knowledge of the flight paramedic.

In the latter half of the 1990’s, the development of the Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C®) exam was driven by Mr. Pierce’s vision, commitment and leadership to the flight paramedic profession. With the former National Flight Paramedics Association (now the IAFCCP) Board of Directors working to support him, Graham led the fund raising effort to secure sufficient capital to move forward with a role delineation study and contracted with Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) to provide the psychometric services necessary to validate the exam. In

October of 2000 in Salt Lake City, the beta version of the exam was ready and a first trial of paramedic attendees at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) took the exam and became the first Certified Flight Paramedics in the world. With the exam a reality, Mr. Pierce recognized the need to establish a separate board to administer the exam and maintain the integrity of the process.

With that, the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedics (BCCTPC®) was formed with Mr. Pierce as the Chairman of the Board. It is with Mr. Pierce's leadership that the FP-C® exam has prospered both in the US and around the world. In 2009, it was his vision and determination that created the Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C®) for paramedics providing critical care transport not in a flight environment. Both the FP-C® and the CCP-C® exams have become the industry standard to recognize that a paramedic has achieved mastery of a specific body of knowledge that is beyond the scope of practice of the normal paramedic.

Mr. Pierce is the heart and soul of the Certified Flight Paramedic. While his contributions to the flight and critical care paramedic community go far beyond his work with the BCCTPC®, it is this work that the committee felt made him the deserving recipient of this year’s award.

The Tim Hynes Award recognizes exemplary abilities in leadership, education and safety within the paramedic profession. Every year, the IAFCCP selects an exceptional paramedic who has demonstrated leadership and paramedic professionalism. View previous winners of the Tim Hynes Award here.

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