Prescott (June 6)– The military branches of the U.S. take great effort to prepare active-duty military for life as a civilian. It’s not often that a civilian company is thanked by its own employee for preparing military personnel with skills for the battlefield.
Brian Bowling, a Life Line Ambulance paramedic is an example of this. He recently returned from serving 14 months on active duty, 12 of those in Afghanistan. He also returned home to his job waiting for him at Life Line Ambulance.
“Being gone for 14 months and preparing to come home from active duty was a lot less stressful because Life Line was ready to welcome me back,” said Brian Bowling, Flight Medic for the Army National Guard, and a paramedic for Life Line Ambulance the largest privately owned ambulance company in Northern Arizona. “I really must thank Life Line; they helped prepare me to take on the organizational and leaderships skills required to succeed in my additional duty as the unit’s medical logistics officer. The high standards of care and cutting edge equipment I used as an employee of Life Line served as a benchmark to improve our unit’s equipment, therapies and implementation of a wartime trauma system. ”
Bowling began his job with Life Line Ambulance in 2009 after graduating from the University of New Mexico. When he received his military orders, his colleagues and management team at Life Line were more than supportive. Unsure of his departure date or length of time away, and the need to train for his active duty requirements, Life Line worked with him to trade schedules, provided him the opportunity to take time off for exercises and provided a basis of moral support. Even his work as a rural-Arizona paramedic prepared him for the diverse groups of patients he’d encounter overseas.
“People think we only treat wounded comrades, when in reality, we see all types of patients, from Afghanistan civilians and children, to contractors and military personnel,” said Bowling. “We treat everything from a cold to severe life-threatening injuries, just like my colleagues and I assess at Life Line.”
Bowling and his family also had a sense of relief and security knowing that when he returned from service, Life Line would have his job waiting for him.
“We’re proud to have Brian as part of our Life Line team, and applaud his service in the military. Our employees are part of an extended family, and we’ve made it part of our culture to help our military employees re-integrate back into the workforce,” said Glenn Kasprzyk, Chief Operations Officer for Life Line Ambulance. “For any of our returning active duty, we provide a two week refresher training period for them to re-familiarize themselves with our EMS procedures and medical protocols, providing for a seamless transition back to Life Line.
“Even while I was deployed, Jacque Holladay (Life Line’s Chief Administrative Officer) reached out to my parents checking up on my status and re-assuring my family that Life Line was eager for me to return home,” said Bowling.
Bowling returned from duty in late April and is currently completing his second week of refresher training at Life Line Ambulance, gearing him up to begin his life again as a civilian paramedic.