Your EMT Experts
The team at UPEMS sets this school apart from other EMT schools. This team is filled with passion, professionalism, and expertise in the EMT field. Each program is taught by experienced instructors who are dedicated to ensuring each student understands and succeeds in their EMT career, even after you graduate. Many work in the field as paramedics, firefighters, and medics and are eager to share their knowledge with each student.
Andrew Nichols, UPEMS Director
Andrew is a decorated paramedic and has over 10 years of experience in first response. 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 being licensed as 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 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.
Jean Carlo Moreno
Jean Moreno has lived in Utah his whole life, living mainly in the Salt Lake area. Jean is a dedicated student whose drive and hard work have helped him succeed in his dream of assisting his community. He's helped in countless events and founded many clubs in high school and college while maintaining high academic status. He is currently an HSP (Health, Society & Population) major at the University of Utah where he plans to attend Medical School after graduation. His high ambitions, knowledge, and willingness to help others has always been a strong quality which seems to be the fuel for his coming successes. He believes that everyone plays a positive role in someone's life and is honored to help play a role in helping others achieve success in any way that he can.
Hello and welcome to UPEMS! My name is Garrett and I've been a Firefighter/Advanced EMT for 4 years working for fire departments in the Davis and Weber County areas. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, and fishing with my family and friends. I love teaching and watching people fall in love with EMS and being able to change people’s lives. This class will prepare you for anything healthcare field you wish to pursue and I'm excited to help you along the way!
Brock currently works as an Educator and Flight Paramedic with an elaborate background of working in the healthcare field. Specialized with instruction of electrophysiology, critical care / flight paramedicine, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and aeromedical retrieval; Brock has worked hard to become a versatile emergency services professional both operating in the field, throughout the hospital, and teaching other healthcare professionals. Brock is currently finishing his Bachelors of Science. Once finished, Brock will be continuing his education into Austere and Emergency/Critical Care Medicine.
CJ is an 18-year veteran in the EMS field. He is from San Diego, CA where he completed all of his initial training to include advanced first aid, EMT-Basic, Paramedic, and the fire academy. He has worked in numerous settings within the field including wild-land and structural firefighting, flight paramedicine in both rotor and fixed wing aircraft for 7 years and has traveled the country in long distance air transport proving critical care paramedic level practice to critically ill and injured patients to world renowned facilities. He is currently a member of the Layton Fire Department working as a Firefighter/Paramedic and assists in teaching at UPEMS Academy. His goal is to help each student truly understand what it means to be a patient care provider and advocate and get out to the streets and do what most people only wish they could do....save lives!
Andrew Uz (Andrew 2) works as a paramedic for Unified Fire Authority in the greater Salt Lake area. He is from Virginia and moved here in the summer of 2021 to attend the University of Utah. Back east, he was a paramedic in Charles County, Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington, DC. He has trained in tactical paramedicine, advanced airway management, and is working on his flight paramedic certification. He has been instructing for close to three years.
Brenna Phillips, Administrative Assistant
Brenna just moved to Utah from North Dakota where she graduated from Minot State University and worked as an administrative assistant for an assisted living facility. Her husband is active duty Air Force and got stationed at Hill AFB, bringing her to Utah. Brenna is looking forward to helping people pursue their EMT skills!
Meet our Mascot, Whiskey
Hi, my name is Whiskey and my dad is the director of UPEMS. I get to come to the academy every day and hang out with all the students while my dad teaches. I love greeting each student at the door and saying hi. I am my dad's right hand and certified Service Dog. Sometimes I even get to help teach the students at UPEMS and go out on practice training calls. My favorite thing is helping my dad teach and run the academy. There's no better life than being the UPEMS mascot and helping students become EMTs!