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EMS FAQs

How do you become an EMT/Paramedic with the Detroit Fire Department?

Interested persons holding a State of Michigan Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic License are encouraged to apply for employment on-line at Detroitmi.gov by clicking on the “Jobs” link.

How long is the training for an EMT/Paramedic candidate in the Fire Department's EMS Training Academy?

Currently the Academy runs from six to eight weeks concluding with a formal field evaluation process with a Field Training Instructor. See a brief video about the Academy.

How many ambulances does the Detroit Fire Department deploy during peak call volume?

The Detroit Fire Department currently deploys on average twenty five (25) ambulances during peak call volume.

What kind of work schedule does an EMT/Paramedic have?

The administrative work schedule is 8.4 hours, Monday through Friday. The field work schedule is 12 hours. The 12 hour schedule is from 7am until 7pm and from 7pm until 7am. There is also a 1pm to 1am schedule. The field work days are (Shift 1) Sunday-Tuesday and every other Wednesday and (Shift 2) Thursday-Saturday and every other Wednesday.

What kind of awards does an EMT/Paramedic receive?
An EMT/Paramedic is eligible to receive awards such as merit, bravery and life-saver of the year. Some of the awards are awarded by the Fire Department while others are awarded from outside agencies such as DEMCA (the local medical control authority), the Detroit Public Safety Foundation and the One Hundred Club of Detroit.
What job classifications are in the EMS Division?

EMT, Paramedic, Assistant Supervisor, Supervisor, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent

Who is in charge of Medical work for the Detroit Fire Department?

Ultimate responsibility rests with the Executive Fire Commissioner.  The Superintendent of Emergency Medical Services is charged with overseeing medical operations.

Why does EMS not always transport right away?

The Detroit Fire Department brings modern pre-hospital medicine to those who call for service. In order to have the best patient outcomes, some medical conditions require on-scene treatment and stabilization prior to transport to the emergency room.

What does EMS do on the scene?

EMS provides life-saving interventions under the guidance of the local medical control authority, DEMCA. For more information on the current medical protocols and treatments, please visit DEMCA.org.

How do I become an MFR, EMT and Paramedic?

MFR, EMT and Paramedic education can be obtained throughout the State of Michigan. For a complete list of State-approved EMS education centers you can contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or visit their website at https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs