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Tell us about yourself, Lester Bailey – Medic’s new HR Training and Development Generalist.

Where are you from?

I was born in Orlando, Fl and raised in a small town called Winter Garden, west of Orlando.  

Tell us about your educational background.

I began my EMT-Basic Training in the fall of 2007 at Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL. After working at Rural Metro Ambulance in Orlando I moved to PA to continue my career. I went to the Pennsylvania College of Technology for paramedic medicine. From there, I obtained my paramedic certificate and graduated with honors. I have been a nationally registered provider since the inception of my EMS career, and I am continuing my education to complete my degree in EMS.

What led to your decision to focus on emergency medicine?

I have always had a desire to help people. I love prehospital medicine and the impact that we have on our patients and their families. We have the ability to promote change and positivity even when our patients are having the worst day of their lives.  

Tell us about one of your most exciting or rewarding moments in EMS.

Meeting a cardiac arrest survivor has been one of the most rewarding moments in my career thus far. It has also been discouraging to not know the outcome of your patients after transferring care to definitive treatment. Being able to meet a survivor of cardiac arrest was a very rewarding moment for me.

What are the responsibilities of your new role and why you applied? 

As the Training and Development Generalist, I am part of the HR team responsible for the onboarding process. I will also be responsible for providing development opportunities to all Medic employees. I have a strong passion for the future of Medic and its people. I am excited to help ensure that the onboarding process is smooth and educational while preparing our current colleagues for their future at the agency.

What are you most excited about when you think about the future of EMS? 

EMS is such a young profession when it is compared to the public service sector. Medicine is constantly changing and I am excited about the opportunities that EMS will have when it comes to the future of healthcare in the community.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I love to travel and explore new cultures. I sing with a chorus in Charlotte as a hobby and love bringing music to others. I love to be outside as well.