Columbus Fire & EMS


The Training Division conducts and 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. The division is responsible for ensuring that all department members meet the requirements as set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Insurance Services Office (ISO), Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training, Columbus Consolidated Government, Georgia Department of Human Resources, and the internal requirements of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

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 2021 - 1st Quarter 2024 Written Exam Program Report:
(Columbus Fire and EMS Paramedic Program-GA-31):

Attempted Exam 42
1st Attempt Pass 57% 24
Cumulative Pass Within 3 Attempts 79% 33
Cumulative Pass Within 6 Attempts 81% 34
Failed All 6 Attempts 5% 2
Eligible for Retest 10% 4
Did Not Complete Within 2 Years 5% 2

National Registry of EMTs Practical Exam Statistics Report

Attempted Exam   43
1st Attempt Pass 100% 43
Failed All 6 Attempts 0% 0
Retention: The retention rate for the 2022 - 2023 Paramedic Cohort was 90%. (20 students initially, 18 graduated)
Written Examination: Outcomes for 2022 - 2023 – 78% passed. (18 tested, 14 passed within 3 attempts)
Positive Job Placement: 14 Graduates have reported 100% job placement.

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 Columbus Fire and EMS Paramedic Training Program received initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on March 16, 2018. The Paramedic program is accredited by (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact (CAAHEP): 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350

To contact (CoAEMSP): 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlette, TX 75088 214-703-8445 FAX 214-703-8992