“The Foundation guarantees that every individual is trained to the highest level possible. It allows us to ask more of our paramedics than any other program.”
Michael K. Copass, MD

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Among the Most Highly Skilled Paramedics in the World

The Michael K. Copass Paramedic Training Program is a collaboration between the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center, the Medic One Foundation, Seattle Fire Department, and emergency services providers throughout the Puget Sound region. The program includes over 2,000 hours of classroom instruction, hands-on simulation-based practice, and extensive field-based training, all under the direct supervision of physicians and experienced paramedics. As a result of this intensive training program, regional Medic One paramedics achieve a survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest that is 2-3 times greater than most major cities nationwide.

Charitable gifts are the primary source of support for this world-renowned paramedic training program. Your support ensures that our region’s paramedics—among the most highly trained in the world—receive an exceptional education that far exceeds national standards.

Please support the Paramedic Training Program to ensure that the 32 students in incoming Class 51 receive the finest education and training possible. Your support will help save lives—thank you!

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Thirty-two students representing nine emergency services providers in our region are enrolled in the Medic One Paramedic Training Program this fall. This is our largest class ever! Their 10-month long training will begin September 9th and will extend through June. During that time, they will undergo 2,100 hours of rigorous training, including classroom instruction, clinical rotations, and extensive field experience on Medic One paramedic units. Welcome, Class 51!

During the next 10-months, Class 51 students will:

  • Received over 2,100 hours of instruction and training, nearly double the national recommendation. The majority of lectures will be taught by University of Washington faculty physicians.
  • Acquire very extensive training in the field under the direct supervision of experienced paramedics. Class 50 will have a combined total of over 15,000 or an average of 530 patient contacts per student—three times the national average.
  • Perform a combined total of more than 6,000 IVs and 1,000 intubations, two of the many difficult skills they successfully mastered. 
  • Participate in the treatment for over 300 cardiac arrest victims.

Congratulations to Class 50 of the Medic One Paramedic Training Program!

We are so proud to announce the graduation of our newest paramedics, funded primarily by the Medic One Foundation. Their hard work and dedication to saving lives is truly inspiring.

These graduates have demonstrated exceptional skills and resilience, and they are now ready to serve our community with the highest level of emergency medical care.

Thank you, to our generous donors, instructors, and supporters for making this program possible. Together, we’re equipping our community with the best-trained paramedics, ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

Bainbridge Island Fire Department
Ben M.
Annika T.
Bellevue Fire Department
Spencer B.
Nick H.
Junho K.
Dan P.
Everett Fire Department
Charles L.
Julia S.
Ava S.
King County Medic One
Omri B.
Samuel F.
Kylie P.
Nathaniel S.
Harrison T.
Seattle Fire Department
Joshua A.
Corey B.
Devante C.
Steven K.
Austin K.
Roderick P.
Shoreline Fire Department
Jeremy B.
Ricki C.
Brad M.
Shaun M.
Heather R.
Shelby S.
Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue
Oleg M.


Foundation Funding Trains Medic One Paramedics Throughout Our Region

Island County
Camano Island Fire & Rescue
Jefferson County
East Jefferson Fire Rescue
Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue
King County
Bellevue Fire Department
King County EMS
Mercer Island Fire Department
Redmond Fire Department
Seattle Fire Department
Shoreline Fire Department
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue
Kitsap County
Bainbridge Island Fire Department
Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue
Kitsap Fire District 1
San Juan County
San Juan County Fire District 4 (Lopez Island)
San Juan EMS
Orcas Island Fire & Rescue
Snohomish County
Arlington Fire Department
Edmonds Fire Department
Everett Fire Department
Lake Stevens Fire
Lynnwood Fire Department
Marysville Fire Department
Snohomish County Fire District 1
Snohomish County Fire District 7
Whatcom County
Whatcom County Fire District 7


Learn More About the Paramedic Training Program

For more information on the Medic One Paramedic Training Program, please visit their website at uwpmt.org.