International Association of Flight Paramedics
The International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics is a non-profit organization that represents critical care paramedics that transport critically ill or injured patients by means of airborne (rotor and fixed wing) or ground vehicles. Established in 1986 as the National Flight Paramedic Association (NFPA) the IAFCCP was founded with the purpose of providing education and representation to flight paramedics and now, as of February 2011, has expanded their representation to ground critical care paramedics.
As established on the IAFCCP website, the mission statement is to "provide its members representation, education and development, and in the process, make it a rewarding and quality experience."
Critical care paramedic certifications (FP-C and CCP-P), are exams developed by the Board for critical care transport certification and are available for all critical care paramedics. While membership is encouraged before taking the exam, by way of a substantial discount on the testing fee, it is not required. The organization also provides educational opportunities on their website through online study guides and conferences with the purpose of educating flight paramedics on patient care and other relevant topics.
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