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The Training Division is responsible for all department training under the direction of the Training Division Chief. The division also conducts or coordinates all department training activities including but not limited to recruit training, fire suppression, emergency medical, rescue, officer development and other training programs as necessary to meet established state and federal mandates each year. All state certified firefighters are required to complete 240 hours of annual recertification training, far more than any other public safety agency.

The division coordinates candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). The CPAT physical examination is the most stringent in all of public safety.

The division also conducts public education programs and fire and medical training programs to other departments and industry.

The division is responsible for conducting the State Certified Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic training programs. These programs produce certified E.M.T.s and paramedics to provide basic and advanced life support services to the community.

The three year review-window average results of the outcomes for the Paramedic National Registry Written and Practical Exams are as follows:
1st Quarter 2014- to 2nd Quarter 2017-Written Exam Program Report (Columbus Fire and EMS Paramedic Program- GA-31):
Attempted Exam 1st Attempt
Cumulative Pass
Within 3 Attempts
Cumulative Pass
Within 6 Attempts
Failed All 6 Attempts Eligible for Retest Did Not Complete
Within 2 Years
18 50%

National Registry of EMTs Practical Exam Statistics Report
Attempted Exam 1st Attempt
Failed All 6 Attempts
18 94%

The Columbus Fire and EMS Training Division's Paramedic Training Program has adopted the CAAHEP Standard II.C Program Goals-Minimum Expectations: "To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels."

"The Department of Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Service Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111312 Rowlett, TX 75088 2147038445 FAX 2147038992   www.coaemsp.org