Firefighter, Capitan Paramedic

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20+ years


Shawn Fernandes has served in the Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with a remarkable 33+ years of dedicated service. Beginning his journey in 1988 as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at Harston’s Medical Services, he progressed to become a reserve firefighter for the Bostonia Fire Service in El Cajon in 1989. Graduating from Southwestern College's paramedic school in 1990, Shawn joined American Medical Response (AMR), where he not only practiced as a paramedic but also served as a preceptor and field evaluator, contributing significantly to the training of aspiring paramedics.

In 1999, Shawn transitioned to the City of Oceanside as a firefighter paramedic, showcasing his commitment to community safety. His impact extended beyond emergency response, as he assumed roles such as ALS and BLS instructor, fire academy instructor, and participation in hiring boards for new firefighters. Recognized for his leadership, Shawn was promoted to Captain in 2009, where he continued to lead as the Tiller Truck Captain and as an instructor at the Oceanside Fire Academy. His commitment to education persists where he has been an adjunct instructor for the Palomar EMT and Paramedic Programs and was one of the lead facilitators of the Military in Transition (MIT) program with his department.  His contributions have earned him the Medal of Valor from the City of Oceanside.

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EMS and the Homeless




EMT + Paramedic

This course will explore the intersection of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and the challenges often faced by EMS workers, particularly in the case of the homeless population. The idea for this course came from repeated conversations with EMS professionals and other public safety personnel who are interacting with the homeless population daily.

$ 35.00 USD
$ 75.00 USD
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