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  • Welcome to the Blackbelt Medic. This is the web home of Nathaniel Bland: Former Firefighter, Paramedic, EMS Educator, 2nd Degree Blackbelt, and student.

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Welcome to the Blackbelt Medic!

Welcome to The Blackbelt Medic! I am Nathaniel Bland. I am a full time paramedic, part time teacher, and full time learner. This is a multi purpose website for The Blackbelt Medic ECSI Education Center and for my personal website and blog.

I have been in EMS since I was 19 years old. I began with a local volunteer fire department and fell in love with Emergency Medicine. I lived, at that time, in rural Northern California in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I did everything from Wildland fire to structual and rescue operations. My love has always been medicine. There's something special about the human body and how it works. When things go wrong, it's incredibly fulfilling to be able to help. I now work as a full time Paramedic Captain in a busy, high-acuity, metro 911 system. 

I began teaching when I was 20 as an AHA BLS instructor. Since that time, I have achieve my California and New Mexico EMS instructor credentials and am an Instructor Coordinator with the University of New Mexico teaching everything from community First-Aid and CPR to ACLS, PALS, and upto the paramedic level. I achieved my Batchelors of Science in Emergency Medicine from UNM in 2017. I have a passion for teaching people how to help others and I especially enjoy teaching laypeople how to properly use CPR, AED's, and First-Aid to intervene in crutial moments in peoples life.

Interested in taking a class? Use the links to check out what I have to offer you! You can always Contact Me with any questions you have!