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Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Services has an adopted operating budget of $145 million along with an $11 million capital budget and provides emergency medical services and fire protection to a population of over 980,000 people with an authorized force of 1018 superbly trained men and women. The department holds an ISO rating of 2/2x and the prestigious Accreditation Agency status with the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) since 2017.
Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Services responds to over 96,000 requests for aide annually. The department delivers service to the Gwinnett community through strategically located fire stations with 31 engine companies, 12 ladder trucks, 33 ambulances, and 3 rescues. All emergency response vehicles are staffed with EMT’s and paramedics. All response vehicles are equipped to deliver advanced life support. The department’s service delivery also includes specially trained personnel in areas of technical rescue, hazardous materials, swift water, and mass casualty. The department also has various support teams including a bike medic team, Honor Guard, and a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team.
The award-winning Training Academy provides superior training in all disciplines of emergency services The department is actively engaged through the Community Risk Reduction Division in educating and preparing the public for fire, medical emergencies, and natural disasters. In other prevention measures, the department reviews building plans to address potential fire hazards and inspects fire protection systems in buildings.
Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services has achieved an ISO rating of 2/2X effective August 1, 2017. The rating, known as the Public Protection Classification, is a two-point improvement since the previous survey conducted by the Insurance Services Office. Some insurance companies use the Public Protection Classification in setting annual premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Homeowners and business owners should contact their insurers and let them know the rating has improved.
On March 22, 2022, the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) awarded Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services with the designation of accredited agency for the second time. The department was first accredited in March 2017. This prestigious recognition was given for meeting the criteria of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s (CFAI) voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The department was also commended by the CFAI Committee for its innovative programs and services.
The accreditation process examines past, present, and future service levels, including internal performance. The department submits the Annual Compliance Report each February based on accreditation cycle. The CFAI is dedicated to assisting agencies throughout the world to provide continuous quality improvement and enhancement of service delivery. The department’s accreditation is valid for five years.
On September 16, 2011, the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services with accreditation for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program. CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field and accredits over 2200 educational programs in 32 health science occupations. The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program was judged by CAAHEP to be in compliance with nationally established standards.
When an institution or program is accredited, it has demonstrated that they meet the standards set by the organization representing the academic community and professionals. To maintain accreditation the institution or program must undergo a similar review on a regular basis. Typically accreditation reviews are conducted every five years.
In a continued commitment to the citizens of Gwinnett County, the department has worked diligently to maintain standards set forth by CAAHEP which resulted in a successful reaccreditation process on July 21, 2016. The next reaccreditation will occur in 2023 and the department is committed to the continuous enhancement of its programs and educational standards.
The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
To contact CoAEMSP:
The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report is for the calendar year 2020.
The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic Cognitive exam was 95.2% and 100% for the psychomotor exam
The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.
The most recent retention rate was 79.6% with 54 students starting the program and 43 graduating.
2019 – 62 Students
NREMT Written – 91.9%
NREMT Practical – 100%
Retention – 79.5% (78 students started the program with 62 graduating)
Positive Placement – 100%
2018 – 107 Students
NREMT Written – 88%
NREMT Practical – 98.6%
Retention – 92.24% (116 students started the program with 107 graduating)
Positive Placement – 100%