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EMS Operations and Training

EMS Operations and Training

Emergency Medical Services are a major component to the services of the UFA. An EMT-Basic is required upon being hired and most personnel are required to certify as an EMT-Basic. The UFA maintains a fleet of modern ambulances staffed exclusively by Paramedics, providing ALS treatment and transport for emergency medical needs.

The UFA operates its own nationally accredited paramedic school program and is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater FL, 33763

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Programs
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX, 75088
Phone: 214-703-8445
Fax: 214-703-8992

Full-time personnel are eligible to participate in the program after one year of employment and completion of prerequisite coursework. Once accepted in the program, the students receive their normal salary benefits and attend the program full-time. Several other local departments have used the UFA program to train their own personnel.

Student outcomes for the past three years are as follows:

  2018 2017 2016
 Retention 100% 100% 100%
 Positive Placement 100% 100% 100%
 National Registry Written Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%
 National Registry Practical Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%

All aspects of department EMS functions are managed by the EMS bureau, including:

  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Establishing and collaborating with other agencies on standing orders
  • Maintaining medical devices and equipment
  • Medical billing
  • Securing and maintaining documentation for Controlled Substances.
  • Researching, testing and adopting standards on new medical devices, procedures, and equipment
  • Quality Assurance/Improvement

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), a Doctor of Medicine licensed to practice in the state, provides oversight and direction the EMS division. Paramedics in Utah are certified, rather than licensed, functioning under a delegated protocol system and under the license of the CMO. Because of importance of the Medical Director to service delivery, the CMO is involved in all aspects of EMS operations.