Seven new paramedics serving Maui County

Maui’s latest paramedic graduates recently celebrated their accomplishment at a gathering at Hoaloha Park in Kahului.

The graduates are Donovan Keli’ipule’ole, Maren Anka, Maile Calasa, Miken Staubitser, Gabrielle Naeole, Nate Dang and James Haruguchi. They are now serving as advanced life support practitioners at various ambulance stations, according to an announcement.

Already experienced basic emergency medical technicians when they began this next level of training in January 2017, they undertook an intensive yearlong program of study to become mobile intensive care technicians, also known as paramedics. By January 2018, they had all successfully completed their coursework, clinical rotations, and ambulance internship. Later in the spring, they passed state and national licensure exams.

Paramedics provide the highest level of care in Hawaii’s 911 prehospital EMS system, and provide medical leadership on all types of trauma and medical emergencies in Maui County. These seven newest paramedics completed a newly revised statewide paramedic training curriculum, a demanding course of study that was recently reaccredited by the national Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. This training is offered by the Maui EMS Training Center, located at University of Hawaii Maui College, and also affiliated with Kapi’olani Community College.

The Maui EMS Training Center will be conducting a basic EMT program in August, another MICT program in January 2019, and also provides Emergency Medical Responder (EMR, or First Responder) training and Continuing Medical Education for currently credentialed providers. Anyone interested in pursuing future training and careers in EMS may contact Maui EMS Training at 244-4063.