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District of Columbia Information for
EMT & Fire Training Courses

EMT Training Courses in DC

District of Columbia Accepted

CECBEMS Approved

NREMT Accepted

EMT Certification Course

Yes*

Idaho State Approved

Yes

AEMT Certification Course

Yes*

Idaho State Approved

Yes

24 Hour EMT Refresher Course for recertification** and retesting

Yes

Yes

Yes

36 Hour AEMT Refresher Course for recertification** and retesting

Yes

Yes

Yes

48 Hour Paramedic Refresher Course for recertification** and retesting

Yes

Yes

Yes

EMT Basic to EMT Transition Course

Required for NREMT

Certification

No—State Approved

Yes

I-85 to AEMT Transition Course

Required for NRAEMT Certification

No—State Approved

Yes

F3 Continuing Education Courses

24 Required for NREMT and State Re-Certification

Yes

Yes

F5 Continuing Education Courses

24 Required for NREMT

Re-certification

Yes

Yes

ACLS

8 Hours

Yes

Yes

 

*The District of Columbia Department of Health (DCDOH), Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration (HEPRA), is the District Government agency responsible for the administration of EMT, AEMT and Paramedic certification. In the District, you must obtain National Registry certification prior to requesting reciprocity for DCDOH EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic Certification.

When you complete our course and pass your NREMT or NRAEMT practical and computer exam you will be National Registry Certified and will be able to apply for reciprocity with DCDOH.

If you are currently a certified EMT you just need copies of a valid National Registry and CPR certification and an application. In order to maintain your National Certification you will need a 24-Hour Refresher Course. The refresher course that we offer is 24 hours, and includes 10 hours of self-directed learning, and 14 hours of Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) sessions where a real instructor is present to answer questions and discuss the topics. It is fully accepted by the NREMT and is CECBEMS accredited. This is only one of the few online refreshers that meet the actual requirements by the NREMT to be counted as an official refresher. You have 2 years to complete the refresher from the time you sign up (or you can usually get it done in as little as 2 to 3 weeks). The cost of the refresher is $249.

Check out our test prep site if you need help passing your National Registry Exam.

Please read the following information if you have failed your National Registry Exam 3 times or if you need a Refresher for Recertification: Once you pass our 24 Hour EMT Online Refresher course you will have 3 more opportunities at taking the NREMT Exam. The Course is accepted by the NREMT and covers all 24 hours of the Mandatory Core and Content required. To insure that you pass on your next attempt you can practice for the exam with our test prep site.

 

If you have failed your NRAEMT exam 3 times or if you need a Refresher for Recertification, please read: Once you pass our 36 Hour AEMT Online Refresher course you will have 3 more opportunities at taking the NRAEMT Exam. The Course is accepted by the NREMT for both AEMT and I85 and covers all 36 hours of the Mandatory Core and Flexible Core Content required. To insure that you pass on your next attempt you can practice for the exam with our test prep site.

 

If you need help passing your NR Paramedic Exam, or if you need to recertify with the National Registry as a Paramedic you will need to complete the 48 Hour Paramedic Refresher, and an additional 24 Continuing Education (CE’s) hours (for recert only), and have a current CPR Certification. If you are doing this Refresher for State Licensure, please check with your state first to see if they will accept this 36 Hour Online AEMT Refresher that is CECBEMS approved and NREMT accepted.

 

Contact Information:

DC Fire and EMS Department

Contact email is: info.fems@dc.gov  

2000 14th Street, NW, 500

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202-673-3320

Fax: 202-462-0807


Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration (HEPRA), EMS Division

Note: The Fire and EMS Departments do not offer EMS or EMT training courses to the general public. However, the Department of Health maintains a list of EMS educational institutions.

 

Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS)
1923 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20001
info.dcfd@dc.gov
Phone: 202-673-3320

Fax: 202-462-0807

Email: info.fems@dc.gov
TTY: 711
Agency Performance
Website: http://fems.dc.gov

Firefighter

Q. Does the District of Columbia accept IFSAC Certification for reciprocity?

A. The only firefighting agency in the District of Columbia is the DC Fire and EMS Department. Because the District is not a state, there isn’t a state certifying agency. The Department conducts Firefighting I and II training to the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) standard and is approved by IFSAC to issue such certifications. Certifications are issued in the name of the Department.

If your inquiry is related to potential employment, the Department does not accept lateral transfer requests of any kind. All applicants are considered recruits, but applicants with previous IFSAC (or equivalent firefighting credentials) and NR-EMT certification may be considered for accelerated fire recruit training.

Contact Information:

DC Fire and EMS Department
Office of the Fire Chief
Phone: 202.673.3320
Public Information Officer
Phone: 202.673.3331

Fire Department Headquarters
1923 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.673.3331

Fire Marshall Office
441 4th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.727.1614

Fire & EMS Training Academy
4600 Shepard Parkway, SW
Washington, DC 20032
Phone: 202.673.3245

 

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