EMS Provider Education

We take education seriously.  The quality of care provided to each patient is dependent on maintaining knowledge and skills in an ever evolving world.  Williamson County EMS is not just the provider of 911 ambulance service for the county.  We also provide direction and training for fire and medical first responders.  Learn how education is provided to Williamson County EMS medical providers.  Information about and for transport paramedics, first responder organizations, and our peer support services is included.


The Right Stuff

We have over 140 Paramedics working in teams on every WCEMS ambulance. Not all Paramedics are created equally. What makes our Paramedics different? Our hiring, credentialing, and ongoing training processes guarantee you’re getting the highest quality Paramedics. 

Our hiring practices invite only the right people for the job. The credentialing process ensures this further. This process begins in our New Member Academy. The Academy lasts nearly a month and consists of ambulance ride time as well as class time with our educators, including the Medical Director, Dr. Ratcliff.



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Dr. Ratcliff clearing a new employee.


They are evaluated with real-time scenarios so we know how they’ll perform before they reach your door. Once our new members or “blue badges” enter the field, they work under the supervision of a Field Training Officer. This process can last nearly a year as they learn about our system, citizens, and expectations of quality. Only when we are ready to entrust the lives of our family members and yours do the blue badges change to red. We wear this red badge proudly as it grants us the opportunity to respect, care, and serve you as WCEMS Paramedics. Learn with us!  Visit the WCEMS Youtube page.
System Partner First Responder Agency Training

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Image of Leander Firemen in class.


All first responders are credentialed to provide medical care under Dr. Ratcliff. Community First Responders all the way up through First Responder Paramedic have their own tailor-made programs. The goal is medical care that meets or exceeds expectations county-wide. These credentialing processes are designed and implemented with Dr. Ratcliff, the WCEMS clinical practices office, and first responder agencies.

Continuing Education
Online education for the WCEMS System is paid for jointly by WCEMS and the Williamson County Fire Chief’s Association. This continuing education is produced by WCEMS and is served on CareerCert, an online education platform. CareerCert requires a membership but some content may be viewed by anyone by accessing the WCEMS YouTube page. In-person training is essential to mastery of many pre-hospital skills.

CareerCert link

WCEMS YouTube page

WCEMS System Standards of Care and Equipment List

WCEMS System FRO Standards

Annual Skills Verification

If you are a first responder with questions please contact your organization’s EMS officer.
For all other inquiries please contact:
WCEMS Capt. Nick Moore
[email protected]