The program is extending his knowledge of emergency medical care and the EMS profession, he says. His end goal is to work as a flight medic/flight nurse. “I want to make sure that I attain the education necessary to represent the high level of professionalism that we should expect of those in the most demanding realms of emergency care, and of those serving in critical care.” In the longer term, Luckey-Smith says he plans to attend medical school and specialize in emergency medicine. “My ultimate goal is to work to meet the emergency medical needs of the people here in western North Carolina, and to help advance the profession of emergency medicine as represented by NAEMT. I have spent my life preparing for work in this profession, and NAEMT's help in supporting my further education will play a major role.”
NAEMT is the nation’s only professional association representing all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders and other professionals working in pre-hospital emergency medicine. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military.