John is a great EMS instructor, but also an avid runner and hiker. He has had a long career in EMS and can teach you a lot. Check out his video to learn a little more!

EMS instructor John Newton

Newton began his career in EMS as an airport firefighter in the United States Marine Corps in 1994. While stationed in California, he took his first EMT-Basic basics class. Little did he know, he’d one day teach very similar classes as an EMS instructor. Upon discharge in 1998, he completed another EMT-Basic class to take the National Registry. Then he returned to Alabama and began working in industrial EMS until he completed the EMT-Intermediate program. He then began working for a traditional rural ambulance service while completing his paramedic course work. After obtaining his paramedic, Newton continued on to complete his associates in Applied Science EMS/Health Science. During his years of service as a National Registered Paramedic, he has moved several times seeking new challenges within the EMS field. He has worked for urban, metropolitan and major metropolitan EMS services — primarily 911 only — while teaching continuing medical education classes.

As an EMS instructor, his students have included his EMS peers, nurses, physicians and medical students at two different medical schools. Newton has also taught as an adjunct instructor for EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic. He also participated in several cardiac studies that have led to national standards for STEMI protocols and the publication of a 12-lead EKG book for paramedics. Newton’s last position before becoming a part of the Distance CME team of instructors was as a Department of the Army Civilian Paramedic.

He completed his Bachelors of Science in History at Troy University. Since 2012, he’s been a lead EMS instructor at Distance CME and Paramedic Mentor in the Paramedic Test Prep Program.

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