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Paramedic Training Program

About the Program


acoma Fire Department’s Paramedic Training Program has emerged as a model for fire-based paramedic training. Nationally accredited, the program provides students with education and training of the highest quality. While in the classroom, and field and clinical sites, students are taught, coached and mentored by experienced firefighter/paramedics as well as subject matter expert physicians and nurses who demonstrate predictable excellence in the delivery of emergency services.

The programs goal is to prepare Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domain to enter the profession.


Graduates of this program have a reputation in this community as highly trained, highly skilled, and highly experienced providers of advanced life support.


Program Director

Chris Rock, RN, MSN

(253) 591-5149


Medical Director

Keith Gates, MD


Paramedic Education Program

420 Tacoma Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98402

Additional Information

Class Capacity




12 months






Applicants must be employed and sponsored by a career fire department that provides advanced life support and be a member in good standing with the IAFF. Applicants are also required to complete a college level Anatomy and Physiology course prior to the start of the program.

The Tacoma Fire Department Paramedic Program 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).


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone (727) 210-2350


To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312

Rowlett, TX 75088

Phone (214) 703-8445

Fax (214) 703-8992




Graduation Year Retention 

National Registry

Written Exam

Pass Rate

National Registry

Practical Exam

Pass Rate

Positive Placement
Post Graduation

2024 83% 100% 100% 100%
2023 92%  100% 100% 100%
2022 no class      
2021  88% 100% 100% 100%
2020 no class       
2019  100% 100% 100% 100%
2018 no class       
2017  80% 100% 100% 100%
2016  no class      
2015 63% 100% 100% 100%