The MedStar Citizen EMS Academy is an interactive forum for people who live or work in the MedStar service area to learn about the functions and operation of MedStar and the practice of EMS.

The Citizen EMS Academy is a 7-week course (one session per week), that explores what it takes to provide high quality emergency medical service to more than 1 million residents in MedStar’s service area. Participants will learn how 9-1-1 medical calls are triaged and dispatched, see demonstrations of equipment and procedures used by EMS crews in the field and be trained in the latest “hands-only” chest compression CPR, Stop the Bleed and Narcan administration techniques.

The Academy also includes a “ride-along” with ambulance and community health crews, and observations “plugged in” to our 9-1-1 communications center.

Space is limited to twelve students per Academy. There is no charge to attend, but participants will be required to pass a background check (cost: $50).

Participants must be at least 18 years old and live or work in the MedStar service area.

Academy Class Schedule

Week 1- Introduction to Medstar

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Graduate Message (what to expect!)
  • System Overview & History
  • Operational Snapshot & Accountability
  • Life on the Street – The people who make it happen!
  • Facility Tour

Week 2 – EMS – Start to Finish

  • Taking calls, EMD protocols, working the phones & radio
  • System Status Management & Resource Deployment Comm Center Supervisor
  • Life on the Line – The people who answer when you call 911 Comm Center Employees
  • The ‘Business’ of EMS

Week 3 – Hands only CPR, Stop the Bleed, Narcan Administration

  • Demonstration of tools of the trade
  • Hands only CPR, Stop the Bleed, Narcan Administration Training
  • Special Operations & Event Medical

Week 4 – EMS 3.0 Transformation

  • New Roles for EMS in the Healthcare System
  • MedStar MIH Programs and Outcomes

Weeks 5 & 6 – Plug in and Ride out Weeks

  • Communications Center Observation
  • Ambulance/MIH Observations

Week 7 – Wrap up and Graduation

  • Student Presentations of Pearls of Wisdom All!
  • Graduation – Invite your family and friends!

2023 Citizen’s Academy: Summer Class Enrollment Now Open!

  • Tuesday Evenings
    • July 18th – August 29th, 2023
    • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • MedStar Training Academy
    • 2900 Alta Mere Drive
    • Fort Worth, Texas 7611
    • The class is free, but participants will be required to pass a background check (cost: $50).
  • Please complete the application form here.
  • **Minimum course enrollment is 12 participants.
  • If minimum enrollment is not met, applicants will be notified by July 10, 2023.**