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06 September 2009 06:36:52 PM

Program Accreditation

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) began a program of review and approval of Basic, Intermediate, and Paramedic program training institutions.  Each training institution completed an exhaustive application process to document  program staff qualifications, program content, program policies and procedures; OEMS verified program equipment, classroom space, etc.

Once the application had been reviewed by MDPH/OEMS, a site visit was scheduled.  OEMS staff met with program staff from the training institution seeking accreditation.  After the site visit, OEMS either approved or recommended changes required before approval could be granted.  Training institutions meeting the requirements and completing a successful site visit received a three-year accreditation certificate.  

StarFire EMS applied for and was granted initial accreditation in September 2005.  At the end of our three-year accreditation, we applied for - and were granted - accreditation for an additional three-year period in September 2008.

In June 2009, we were granted approval for our new site in Hanover!  We open there 3 August 2009.

A Cautionary Word

In Massachusetts, ONLY training institutions that have been awarded MDPH/OEMS accredited training institution status can conduct initial education programs!  If an initial education program is offered by an institution that is not accredited, the program's graduates will not be eligible to take the State Certification Exam.