City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

EMS & Training

The UAFD EMS & Training Office is staffed by a captain, a shared administrative assistant, and the STAY UA service coordinator (M-W-F).

The primary responsibilities of this office are:

  • Provision of in-service training for all UAFD personnel
  • Managing all aspects of the emergency medical service program
  • Management of UAFD safety issues
  • Management of the personal protective equipment (PPE) program
  • Management of the infection control program
  • Coordination of all outside training opportunities

Each paramedic must have completed approximately 1600 hours of didactic and in-service training to achieve that level of certification. In addition, 120 hours is required to certify UAFD personnel as "basic" level emergency medical technicians.

In-service training is conducted at least three days per week in order to maintain skills in the various disciplines required of today's fire department personnel. Some specialized training is provided through outside trainers and courses offered at higher education facilities.

The Medical Advisory Board was established in 1974 to provide on-going professional supervision, training, and support to UAFD's emergency medical program. Two-thirds of the nine members must be physicians licensed to practice in the state of Ohio. The board regularly reviews the EMS protocol, assists with the training of paramedics and basic EMTs, and performs quality control evaluations of the performance of the UAFD medic companies.



ahaIn April 2015, the Fire Division was awarded the 2015 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This award is for exceptional care exhibited in 2014 as measured by the Mission: Lifeline EMS Achievement Measures including scoring 75% or above on the following:
  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with Arrival (to Referring Center) to Fibrinolysis Therapy administration in <30 Minutes.


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