Vicki Blanchard began her Emergency Medical Service (EMS) career in 1990 when her local fire department was recruiting EMTs for their rescue squad. Upon taking an EMT course she knew she wanted to change professions to become a paramedic so she enrolled in New Hampshire Technical Institute’s (NHTI) paramedic Associate degree program. Following graduation, in 1995, she was hired by the Town of Milford where she worked fulltime for 10 years, during which time she received her instructor coordinator license in order to educate EMS providers. She continued working per diem for Milford until 2016.
From 2003 – 2013 Vicki taught as adjunct faculty at NHTI for her alma mater’s paramedic program where she educated students in Advanced Trauma, Medical Emergencies and Special Populations, which included pediatrics. During this time in 2010, she also completed her Bachelor’s in Science from Granite State College in Public Safety Management.
In 2005 Vicki accepted a position of Advanced Life Support Coordinator for the NH Division of Fire Standard and Training & Emergency Medical Services, under the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (Bureau of EMS). Under this position Vicki oversaw the development of the NH Patient Care Protocols including pediatric protocols. She was also assigned to various fatality committees including Child Fatality, Sudden Unexplained Infant Death and Sudden Death in Children, which looks at the deaths and how to prevent future deaths.
In 2015 Vicki’s was reassigned to Captain of Clinical Systems for the Bureau of EMS to facilitate collaboration of the development of systems of care with stakeholders to improve the delivery of care to specific time sensitive conditions. Included in time sensitive conditions is obstetrics; Vicki has worked with various hospitals around the state as obstetric units have closed. She has helped develop advanced education in childbirth for EMS providers and emergency department personnel in collaboration with Northern New England Prenatal Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN) and the Bureau of EMS’s simulations program.