The SFFD in-service training site is an approved State recognized Continuing Education Provider for it's over 1500 EMT's and Paramedics. To ensure quality emergency patient care for all citizens and visitors of San Francisco, all SFFD members receive continual medical refresher training and updates on new medical practices and equipment as mandated by policy and protocol of the San Francisco EMS Agency.
As a Continuing Education Provider, the SFFD in-service training site upholds National and State EMS standards when conducting refresher training and skills testing. Topics such as multi-casualty incidents and weapons of mass destruction, respiratory and cardiac emergencies, traumatic and medical emergencies, and childbirth and pediatric emergencies are covered. In addition, SFFD paramedics receive specialized medical oversight from the Department's Medical Director. To maintain medical licensure for all Department members, 24 hours of Continuing Education are provided every 2 years for our EMT's, and 48 hours every 2 years for our paramedics.
The SFFD in-service training site is also an approved American Heart Association Training Site which conducts required recertification courses for all SFFD members in CPR, and recertification for all paramedics in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) every 2 years. All EMS training staff members are certified CPR, ACLS and PALS Instructors.