Hi there! My name is Major Janelle Johnson (center) and I am currently the training supervisor at MEMS. I came to MEMS in September of 1993 as an EMT and have worked as a field trainer, paramedic, dispatcher and instructor. I oversee the EMT Rookie School and teach in the in-house paramedic school. I also organize orientation, continuing education and community training.
I hope you have spent some time looking over our training site. If there are any questions you may still have or if you need to organize a group or one-on-one class just give me a call. I spend a lot of time in the classroom but you can leave a message and I will surely call you back.
Hello! I’m Lt. Pete Pitre (far left) and I am currently the lead instructor in MEMS training department. I came to MEMS in 1994 as a paramedic working the streets of Little Rock. Later I became an instructor and a LPN. I joined the MEMS training team in 2006. I teach most all of the different courses MEMS offers including the Wilderness first aid and Paramedic school. I am also a leader of MEMS Honor Guard and I’m on the Bike team.
I will be happy to address any of your training questions.
Hello! I’m Sgt. Carrie Steward (left front) and I’ve been an EMT at MEMS Ambulance Service for 14 years. The last 5 years I’ve been a full time instructor and the Risk and Safety Manager for the company. I also help organize our “YAPP” program with the local school systems and oversee the MEMS Honor Guard Team.
I’ve been in the business for a while and do all of these different things because I love what I do and I hope it shows. If I can’t answer your questions, I will find someone who can.
Hello, My name is Sgt. John Kresse (far right). I started my career in EMS here at MEMS in 2006 by attending the in-house Rookie program. After succeeding in the classroom portion I worked as an EMT on the street in Little Rock with the ambition of doing more. That “more” was to be a paramedic. In 2008, I was again blessed with the opportunity to attend with some of MEMS finest in the in-house paramedic program. After completing, I was later awarded the responsibility of field training officer. Today I am proud to say that I have worked my way up to a full time instructor for MEMS in the training department. I am also a member of the MEMS Special Operations Response Team.
MEMS training department has several years of experience in the different areas of EMS and the vast knowledge is impeccable.
Please feel free to contact me for any of your training needs.
Hi! My name is Sgt. Brandy Douglas (right front). I have worked at MEMS since 2004. I began my career here in the EMT Rookie School #5. A little over 2 years later, I went to MEMS in house Paramedic School. A short time after I became a paramedic, I was promoted to Field Training Officer. In 2009, I became an EMS instructor. I have been working full time in the training department since 2010. I am licensed/certified to teach most classes that MEMS offers. I am passionate about EMS and education. My personal goal is to make a positive impact on the world one student at a time.
You can contact me any time for any of your training needs.
Accreditation and Affiliation
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits, through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (COAEMSP), the Emergency Medical Technology programs.
In 2002, MEMS realized the importance of “growing our own” with regards to meeting our staffing needs. It was then that MEMS’ EMS Academy was established and we began in-house EMT and Paramedic Training. In 2011, MEMS’ EMS Academy partnered with South Arkansas Community College to provide accredited Paramedic Education for its employees. In 2017, MEMS EMS Academy collaborated with SACC for the EMT program.
SouthArk is accredited by CAAHEP and meets the national EMS Education Standards approved by the commission on the Accreditation of EMS Program (COAEMSP). The program is accredited as Program 600224.
Our Training Department staff has over 100 years of combined field experience to share with our students.
MEMS EMT Rookie School is usually held twice each year as staffing needs occur. Classes and deadlines to apply will be announced prior to the anticipated start date.
Suitable and qualified candidates are selected for the EMT Rookie School and are paid an hourly rate of $8.50 per hour while going through our full-time, eight week in-house EMT school. After successful completion and obtaining an Arkansas State and National License they are extended full-time employment and are eligible to bid for a full-time shift and be a part of an ambulance crew.
Licensed EMT’s, with no experience, receive a starting base annual salary of $24,605 with full benefits (Hourly rate is calculated based on shifts assigned).
Once employed, qualified EMT employees of MEMS are eligible for our in-house Paramedic school, which is usually held once per year. This 6-month program allows EMT employees who are in good standing and meet the academic requirements to attend Paramedic school full-time at MEMS while being paid their current base annual salary. This program reduces the traditional educational calendar of 18 months to 6 months.
Licensed Paramedics, with no experience, receive a starting base annual salary of $38,064, also with full benefits (Hourly rate is calculated based on shifts assigned).