There are paramedic training programs all over Washington DC which specialize in teaching how to treat injuries or other medical emergencies for transport and stabilization to more central care centers. These training courses are regulated by the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS), which is also in charge of all emergency medical technicians and paramedics. EMTs and Paramedics across the state are comprised of a number of paid and volunteer positions.
There are three levels of emergency medical technician / paramedic in Washington DC. In order to become a full paramedic, one must have already been approved as an EMT B (basic) or EMT I. This requires being at least eighteen years of age, a high school diploma or GED, and passage of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Exam (NREMT) along with having a CPR certification. Lastly, applicants must also pass an approved and licensed training course.
For more information, the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS) can be found at:
District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
1923 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20001
Phone: (202) 673-3320
Fax: (202) 462-0807