Training at MEMS

A dedicated team of instructors with over 100 years of combined experience leads MEMS Training Academy. Our staff are experienced field providers who bring “real-world” knowledge to the courses they teach. We believe learning is a life-long process and our courses are filled with scenario-based practical situations that allow for maximum participation for all who attend.

MEMS is a satellite campus of South Arkansas Community College, offering college level education to all MEMS students.

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Our Training Staff

Janelle Johnson - Training Manager

Major Janelle Johnson is currently the Training Manager at MEMS.  She came to MEMS in September of 1993 as an EMT and has worked as a Field Training Officer, Paramedic, Dispatcher and Instructor.  Janelle oversees the EMT Rookie School and the in-house Paramedic School.  She also organizes orientation, continuing education and community training.

Pete Pitre - Training Officer

Captain Pete Pitre currently teaches in the Advanced Emergencty Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic classes.  Pete came to MEMS in 1994 as a Paramedic working the streets of Little Rock.  Later he became an Instructor and a LPN.  Pete joined the MEMS training team in 2006.  Pete is also a member of the Honor Guard.

Michelle Bentley - Administrative Assistant

Sgt. Michelle Bentley is the Training Administrative Assistant at MEMS.  Michelle came to MEMS in February of 2003 as an EMT and has worked as a BLS Lead, Field Training Officer, Dispatcher, Scheduling Assistant and AHA BLS Instructor. 

Brandon Hooper - Instructor

Sgt. Brandon Hooper began his tenure at MEMS on July 5th, 2010, his first day of our in-house EMT school.  Since then, Brandon has become a Paramedic, Field Training Officer, obtained instructor certifications in multiple areas, and is currently a licensed full time Instructor.  He finished at the top of his class in EMT and Paramedic school and was MEMS 2011 ‘’EMT of the Year’’.

John Kresse - Instructor

Sgt. John Kresse started his career in EMS at MEMS in 2006 by attending the in-house Rookie program.  John 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, he was given the opportunity to attend the MEMS in-house Paramedic program.  He was later awarded the responsibility of Field Training Officer.  Today he is a full time instructor for MEMS in the Training department.  John is also a member of the MEMS Special Operations Response Team.

Carrie Steward - Instructor/ Safety Officer

Lt. Carrie Steward has been an EMT at MEMS since 2001.  The last several years Carrie has been a full time instructor and the Risk and Safety Manager for MEMS.  She also helps organize the Youth Accident Prevention Program (YAPP) with the local school systems and oversees the MEMS Honor Guard Team.

James Stumbaugh - Instructor

Sgt. James Stumbaugh joined the training department in December 2022 and is the newest member of the team. His career at MEMS started in June of 2012 as a student in the in-house EMT school, graduating at the top of his class. He then set his sights on paramedic school, graduating from the in-house Paramedic program in 2015. He has since worked as a Paramedic, Field Training Officer and with the Arkansas Trauma Communications Center.

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