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:

1st Quarter 2017 - 1st Quarter 2020 Written Exam Program Report:
(Columbus Fire and EMS Paramedic Program-GA-31):

Attempted Exam   36
1st Attempt Pass 75% 27
Cumulative Pass Within 3 Attempts 92% 33
Cumulative Pass Within 6 Attempts 97% 35
Failed All 6 Attempts 0 0
Eligible for Retest 3% 1
Did Not Complete Within 2 Years 0 0

National Registry of EMTs Practical Exam Statistics Report

**There were no graduates during the 2018 reporting year. The following data is from the 2017 reporting year Annual Report to CoAEMSP:
Retention: The retention rate for the 2017 paramedic graduating cohort was 76.2% (21 students initially, 16 graduated.)
Positive Job Placement: 16 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

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