The Tennessee State Department of Health regulates all Emergency Medical activities and establishes recertification standards for all EMS licenses. First Responders must have 16 hours of recertification classes (EMT’s must have 20 hours) every 2 years. The department also conducts an 8 hours Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) refresher practical and an 8 hour Combi-tube/Victim Packaging practical class every year.
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) mandates the number of hours and types of classes required annually for its Class rankings. Each member of the department is required to have 20 documented hours of training monthly. This training includes:
Engine Company Operations
Company Officer Training
Tools and Equipment Training
The ISO also requires a minimum of 8 “hands on” drills annually, each a minimum of 4 hours in length. Of these 8 drills:
4 drills must be multi-company drills (more than one engine company)
2 drills must be conducted at night
1 drill must be an Aerial Apparatus drill
The State of Tennessee Fire Commission regulates required training for individual certifications. The commission requires a minimum of 40 hours annually. Of these 40 hours, the following are required:
Domestic Violence – 2 Hours
Hazardous Materials – 8 Hours
CPR – 4 Hours
Safety/Health – 4 Hours
Infection Control – 4 Hours
Emergency Vehicle Operations – 8 Hours
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA/TOSHA) requires classes on safety and health (including blood borne pathogens and infection control).
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mandates annual classes on Incident Command Systems.
The department also requires annual vehicle extrication refresher courses with 4 MFD members being certified instructors.