In accordance with section 4765.30 of the Ohio Revised Code, individuals must be issued a certificate to practice to provide emergency medical services (provider or instructor). EMS certifications are issued by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services through the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services. In accordance with section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code individuals must possess a certificate to provide fire services (firefighting, fire safety inspector, or instructor). Fire service certifications are issued by the executive director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services. Successful completion of training through an Ohio EMS accredited training program or chartered fire training program is required to be eligible for certification, although the state of Ohio may issue a certification to an applicant who receives training in another state, U.S. territory, or from the U.S. military through reciprocity.
All certifications require continuing education to be eligible for renewal. Continuing education requirements vary by type and level of certification. Once a certification is issued, the certificate holder shall ensure compliance with, and keep documentation of, all continuing education, as well as any other certification renewal requirements.
The training and education pages on this website provide information on training and education opportunities, continuing education requirements, laws and rules specific to EMS and fire training, as well as information for accredited EMS training institutions, chartered fire training programs, and approved EMS continuing education (CE) sites. For more information on EMS and fire training and education, please call (614) 466-9447 or email us at EMS Education or Fire Education.
The importance of proper education and training for fire and emergency medical personnel can never be understated. Education provides a foundation from which we continually learn, train and gain experience. The State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services and the Division of Emergency Medical Services stand ready to assist with ensuring Ohio’s fire and EMS personnel not only have the proper foundation, but continue to learn throughout their careers.