NATO to train Ukrainian paramedic instructors


Mostly of the applicants so far are former soldiers who fought in East Ukraine, selected applicants will go to Romania for a couple of month training for first aid.

Selection for training for paramedic instructors has started in Ukraine. Most of the applicants are fomers soldiers who fought in East Ukraine and are willing to do this in civilian life. This was stated by Olha Bogomolets, MP (faction “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”), Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Healthcare, at a briefing held at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. “Ten participants will be selected for training to be held in Romania next year. It will last 3-6 months. Participants will undergo special training to become not just paramedics but instructors for other paramedics and rescue workers,” she noted. The training is part of the NATO program “Science for Peace and Security.”

According to Ms. Bogomolets, a special training center will be set up for civilian rescue workers and paramedics after they graduate. There are also plans to train policemen and firemen, and then – drivers, so they can provide first aid. “We will teach participants to provide pre-hospital care during mass-casualty incidents as well,” explained Pamfil Alin Moldovan, NATO paramedic instructor. According to him, the training will be both theoretical, provided in the National Training Center in Bucharest, and practical – directly on ambulances.

Victoria Voronovych, project director for creation of Paramedic Education & Training Center, added that everyone who wants to participate in the next training to be held in Ukraine can join by sending their CV to [email protected]. Requirements other than a desire to become a paramedic or a rescue worker – lack of medical education.