(Memphis) The Memphis Fire Department has been accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for its paramedic education program.
More than 2,100 entry-level medical education programs in 23 health science professions are accredited by CAAHEP.
In a news release, Fire Division Director Alvin Benson stated, “I am extremely proud of our EMS instructors who rose to the challenge to obtain accreditation. We are now only one of a few fire department paramedic education programs in the United States that can claim accreditation – which validates that we are producing high-trained paramedics to serve our community.”
The Memphis Fire Department is the first and only fire department in the State of Tennessee granted this accreditation outside of colleges and universities.
Since starting the program, the Memphis Fire Department has trained over 159 firefighters to become paramedics.