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 the Firefighter Combat Challenge Test. The Combat Challenge is a demanding 5-event physical challenge which includes a stair climb with a high-rise hose pack, hose hoist, forcible entry, hose advance and a victim rescue.

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:

2nd Quarter 2018 - 2nd Quarter 2021 Written Exam Program Report:
(Columbus Fire and EMS Paramedic Program-GA-31):

Attempted Exam   36
1st Attempt Pass 58% 21
Cumulative Pass Within 3 Attempts 86% 31
Cumulative Pass Within 6 Attempts 89% 32
Failed All 6 Attempts 0 0
Eligible for Retest 11% 4
Did Not Complete Within 2 Years 0 0


National Registry of EMTs Practical Exam Statistics Report

Retention: The retention rate for the 2019 paramedic graduating cohort was 87% (23 students initially, 20 graduated).
Positive Job Placement: 20 graduates successfully earned their NRP and reported 100% job placement.
Attempted Exam   36
1st Attempt Pass 100% 36
Failed All 6 Attempts 0% 0


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 www.caahep.org

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