Dave Meiners, left, flight paramedic with ARCH Air Medical Service, is pictured with ARCH Clinical Base Supervisor Scott Lyerla. Meiners is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. – Dave Meiners, flight paramedic with ARCH Air Medical Service, recently was recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 40 consecutive years as a nationally registered emergency medical technician (EMT). According to the board, this distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.
“I’m honored to serve the community of Effingham, Ill.,” Meiners said. “It’s a very rewarding job, and I’m thankful for the board’s acknowledgement of 40 proud years in this industry.”
To maintain his status as a nationally registered EMT, Meiners completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for emergency medical technicians in America. He not only completed courses to refresh his fundamental knowledge and skills, but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
By maintaining his Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Meiners is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.
Meiners was nationally registered as an emergency medical technician in 1972, paramedic in 1982, and has been serving the communities of Southern Illinois, Southern Missouri and the St. Louis bi-state region since ever since. Prior to joining ARCH Air Medical, Meiners worked as a paramedic supervisor for Jackson County EMS in Southern Illinois, which covers a 602-square-mile including the cities of Carbondale and Murphysboro. It is also notable that Meiners recently celebrated his 20-year anniversary with ARCH Air Medical Service on March 29, 2014.
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.
ARCH is owned and operated by Air Methods, the nation’s leading provider of air medical transport and the most experienced air medical operator in the industry. Air Methods has built its reputation on a commitment to quality patient care and safety in aviation operations. Air Methods has close to 4,000 employees and operates more than 450 aircraft at nearly 300 bases serving 48 states.
To learn more about ARCH Air Medical Services, visit http://www.airmethods.com/arch/.