RENO, Nev. – The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) announces the appointment of Christine Barton as a regional instructor for International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED).
An international organization, IAED develops and maintains protocols and curriculum for safe, effective and consistent emergency dispatch services. IAED instructors train emergency dispatchers across the globe on these protocols to ensure the highest quality standards.
The selection process for instructors is demanding and candidates must complete rigorous certifications. Barton joins a very exclusive group of instructors with only 61 new instructors certified in 2017. She currently teaches IAED classes in the Western States and will begin training courses across the United States and Canada in mid-2019.
“Christine’s recent selection as a regional instructor for IAED is a testament to her unyielding focus on patient care and extensive experience in emergency medical dispatch over the past two decades,” said Adam Heinz, Director of Clinical Communication, REMSA. “We are proud of Christine’s appointment, and to have her representing REMSA at a national level.”
Barton has been a trusted member of the REMSA team for nearly 20 years serving in a variety of roles. She joined REMSA as a paramedic in 2000 and currently serves as the Communications Manager where she is responsible for dispatch center operations. All 9-1-1 medical emergency calls for Washoe County are routed to the REMSA Communications Center, which manages more than 250,000 total incoming/outgoing calls each year. The REMSA Communications Center was the first Communications agency in Nevada to achieve IAED accreditation and has maintained this prestigious status since 2001.
REMSA is a high-performance, private, locally-governed, non-profit healthcare organization and emergency medical services agency serving northern Nevada since 1986. Through an exclusive franchise agreement, REMSA provides Washoe County’s 420,000 residents with 24/7 ALS and ILS ground ambulance services. REMSA also encompasses Care Flight, a regional helicopter, airplane and ground critical care transport service; Care Flight also operates Care Flight Ground in Plumas County. REMSA offers a Nevada-licensed, post-secondary educational institution, a state-of-the-art, fully accredited 9-1-1 dispatch communications center, a Tactical Emergency Medical Support team and special events EMS teams. REMSA and Care Flight are Always Ready.
About the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch
The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) is a nonprofit standard-setting organization promoting safe and effective emergency dispatch services worldwide. Comprising three allied Academies for medical, fire, and police dispatching, the IAED supports first responder-related research, unified protocol application, legislation for emergency call center regulation, and strengthening the emergency dispatch community through education, certification, and accreditation. Learn more at emergencydispatch.org.