Have you had the pleasure of meeting Andrew?
If you have ever met Andrew, you would instantly understand and see his passion for the medical field. Just being in the same room as he inspires you to want to be a part of something that ultimately inspires other people.
Andrew has over 10 years of experience in first response. He is a decorated paramedic whose passion is teaching others to become hometown heroes. Andrew started his career and was first interested in serving others when he moved all around the country in support of the US Air Force’s Nuclear B-52 96th Bomb Squadron. Being around that environment showed him that serving others was his passion and mission in life. He started his career with the Shreveport Police Department and specialized in Narcotics and became quickly certified as a Drug Recognition Expert and SFST instructor out of Baton Rouge, LA. Andrew then moved over to Bossier City Police where he continued to excel and receive multiple commendations for bravery and service to his city. He began his medical career once back in Utah where he began as a CNA, and then quickly moved to be licensed as a phlebotomist for Intermountain Healthcare. He then began his teaching career teaching and running a phlebotomy program out of Murray, UT where he became certified in EKG, IV, and many other subjects before attending his EMT-Basic, and EMT-Advanced programs and becoming nationally certified. He eventually found his passion in teaching and running EMT-B and EMT-A Classes. Andrew then went to the University of Utah Emergency Department as a critical care tech where he found his passion as a Paramedic and Attended Utah Valley University where he graduated as a Nationally Certified Paramedic. After spending time as a paramedic in Las Vegas, NV He moved to Denver, CO where he worked as a paramedic in a very busy 9-1-1 system! He gained valuable experience and moved quickly into the FP-C world studying in Reno, NV at REMSA. He then became an AHA Instructor and Course Director for the Training Center as well as an NRA Certified Instructor and began studying for his Boards as a Tactical Paramedic, Community Paramedic, and Wilderness Paramedic. He loves serving his community and teaching students with his crazy energy and passion for what he does. His passion and excitement is what makes each student excited about the EMS field and learning from UPEMS. He loves teaching in-depth medicine to students and dedicates his free time to creating new programs here at UPEMS for each student to attend.
With the UPEMS mascot, Whiskey, by his side, they teach successful students beginning or continuing their education in the field of emergency medicine. Andrew and Whiskey are eager to meet you!