New Tactical Paramedic Exam in Development

OPS

New Tactical Paramedic Exam in Development

Press Release Aug 24, 2012

August 23, 2012 -- The Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC), has announced the development of a Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) Exam. The intent for the TP-C exam is to establish a single standard for all tactical paramedics in the U.S. military and law enforcement communities.

Competency is important in the face of rising patient acuity levels, rapidly developing technology, and in austere and hostile environments. The BCCTPC is committed to providing specialty certification for transport and prehospital professionals as a means of validating the essential knowledge and judgment required for safe and competent practice. The TP-C exam marks the third specialty certification exam developed by the BCCTPC since 2000.

Following a request from the U.S. military to develop a certification exam for paramedics who primarily operate in a tactical medical environment, the BCCTPC together with industry subject matter experts from across the United States met in Kansas City in June to create the outline for a job analysis survey.

“From the beginning of this process, we have been genuinely excited about the commitment of the tactical paramedic community to advance the accreditation of their profession," says BCCTPC Chair Graham Pierce. "Collaborating with professionals from every aspect of the tactical medicine community in both civilian and military sectors has been one of the most rewarding undertakings the BCCTPC has ever done.”

An initial step in developing a valid exam is to define the job skills and tasks that a tactical paramedic performs in terms of the competencies necessary to safely and effectively perform the job at a targeted level of expertise. The method to determine this is to complete a job analysis study to obtain this information that will determine the content of the certification exam.

“We look forward to developing an exam that will not only standardize the body of knowledge of the tactical paramedic, but will establish a benchmark of excellence that all tactical medicine operators can achieve to demonstrate their own commitment to providing the best care possible in their complex and difficult patient care environment,” says Pierce.

The exam development and administration process will be conducted in partnership with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), who are experts in performing job analysis studies. The exam will be developed and administered in accordance with the current professional and governmental standards for test development, as established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the National Organization for Competency Assurance, and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

The Job Analysis Survey is set to go out via e-mail in August to tactical paramedics across the country. Follow up phases will include item writing, exam construction, cut score study, and beta testing of the exam. Beta testing is scheduled for April 2013 with the final exam available nationwide summer of 2013.  

About The Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification
The BCCTPC, a non-profit organization, was formed to develop and administer certification examinations for paramedics. Our Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C©) and Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C©) examinations are now well established and have become a recognized standard for clinical competency by medical providers in the United States and Europe.

The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
Duracell's disaster relief program has provided batteries to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana so people can operate their phones, flashlights, radios and other necessary devices.
In addition to sending representatives from a dozen agencies to tend to California, FEMA has sent meals, water, blankets and cots to shelters and provided emergency funds to fire departments and residents.
AMR has deployed disaster response teams from California and across the United States in support of the disastrous wildfires plaguing Northern California.
The drill involved a simulated chemical attack on Campanelli Stadium.
Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena told City Council the department doesn't have sufficient funding to provide adequate training or replace outdated rescue equipment and trucks.
New evidence reveals a full six minutes elapsed between the time Stephen Paddock shot a hotel security officer and when he started shooting at the concertgoers outside, leading authorities to question police response in that timeframe.
California is struggling to contain one of its deadliest wildfire outbreaks with eight counties now under states of emergency.
In the wake of recurring tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting, St. Lucie County Fire District aims to protect its EMS and fire personnel in the event of a life-threatening call.
Hospitals, residential areas and senior centers have been evacuated as multiple fires continue to ravage Northern California, requiring every fire service and strike team in the region to battle the flames.
Residents are urged to remain indoors because first responders must take shelter as soon as winds pick up to 60mph, keeping them from being able to respond to 9-1-1 calls.
New Haven's emergency services has a very comprehensive incident command system and drills first responders regularly for scenarios like active shooters and bus crashes.