I have been out of the aviation loop for some years but I do remember during my time at Bond in Aberdeen there was a co-pilot on the S76 who had started with the company as a groundcrewman. Just after I left the company he was promoted to captain. Anything is possible if you work at it and get a little bit of luck on the way. For what it is worth, I joined the British Army as a groundcrewman and had climbed to the dizzy heights of Lynx aircraft commander when I left for the North Sea in 1989.
Best of luck to you as you climb the ladder mate and remember - whatever you do in aviation - enjoy it.
NDW Unfortunately the permanent and transition positions are looking for people from a paramedical background first and foremost, in order to be able to treat casualties on scene if needed. With the approved Irish qualifications in same also needed. Good Luck with your ambitions
To be a paramedic you will also need to have C1 on your driving licence. There are loads of paramedic diploma and degree level courses of which the University of Hertfordshire comes highly recommended. Good luck and keep the enthusiasm going. You will probably be qualified in time for when the SAR-H project finally delivers (see SAR-H preffered bidder thread).
A hoist operator wouldn't need to be paramedic qualified only technician standard - it is the winchman who needs to be a paramedic.
I am not sure the the present Irish service does require the same level of medical qualifications as the UK does, worth checking.
Nathan, the big problem is the amount of training you will need - that costs money and if the employer can recruit someone with the required skill set already in place, it makes filling the post quicker and cheaper.
However, if you don't ask you don't get so it is always worth applying.
Have taken into consideration that fact of training costs & needing previous experience either as a Winch operator or Paramedic, but I have submitted an application in the hope that my motivations pays off, but I will not be to-disheartened if the result is not what I wanted to hear .
Does anyone know of any companies that would offer to train ab-intio Aircrewman? Apart from the Armed Forces .
its a tough role to get into esp SAR in Ireland/UK. Even after you graduate from getting a degree in Paramedics i was told that you need at least 2 years expierience in that enviorment and then apply. Having winch expierience helps but not that necessary as they will train you as winch to their standard. They used to hire winchmen and train them as paramedics but now its kinda vice versa. Alot ex military will be applying in the future also & toise guys have got great expierience. Im hoping to get winch op in the future back in UK or Ireland but in no hurry at the moment. i got my crewie ticket in Oz and hoping to build up my hours then do my EMT when go back home. Thats the plan anyways but its a very tough selection so im not putting all my eggs into one basket. The crewie game is a hard nut to crack but if selected its a hell of a career.
Due to the fact threre are some differences between Ireland and the UK, if you look at the title "Paramedic"in Ireland and the UK. The scope of practise of a Paramedic registered at the PHECC, is less on scope than the Paramedic from the UK. For the instance, endotracheal intubation isn't on the scope of practise on the PHECC Paramedic, therefor you need to be Advanced Paramedic in Ireland.
And yes, true--before you can be a winch operator in Ireland at the SAR, you must have done at least 6 months down wire winch experience.
And from start of this year its official, all the rear crew of SAR Ireland is Paramedic licensed.
Looking at possible work for this lot after my miltary life, and would love to experaince overseas. Whilst money is not the major deal breaker for me, i would like to know what i am in for before i apply/ move family etc.
Can anybody on here Direct me to, or to a place where i will find the eba's/collective agreement etc, of CHC ireland or United kingdom. In particular there Crewman positions.