Emergency Services was created in 1966 consisting of several rescue units that were operating within Shelby County. This specialized group of volunteers works every day to help save the lives of people needing medical attention. These volunteers patrol the streets of Shelby County to assist with traffic crashes, respond to medical emergencies and conduct search and rescue missions.
- Medical First Responders
- Search and Rescue Technicians
- Must be 18 years-old
- Pass a criminal background check
- Service Requirements: 24 hours/month
Medical Training Requirements
All Emergency Services recruits who are not medically certified as an EMT or Paramedic go through FIRST RESPONDER training, as mandated by the Tennessee Department of Health – Emergency Medical Services and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
The training is 60 hours long consisting of two (2) evenings a week from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. Medical training classes are held at the Sheriff’s Training Academy located in Shelby Farms and run from January to March.
Through this training each Officer must demonstrate proficiency in the following subjects:
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Airway Management
- Bleeding and Soft-Tissue Injuries
- Shock Management
- Trauma and Medical Assessment / Treatment
- Basic Drug Terms
- Splinting and Bandaging
- Crisis Intervention
- Emergency Childbirth
- Pediatric Care
Orientation and Training
A second phase of training involves a broad range of needed skills and an understanding of critical policies and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office. All Recruits will invest a minimum of 40 hours, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 6:00-10:00 p.m., for four (4) weeks and some Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This portion of the training takes place in April.
The course work for Field Operation Training includes:
- Vehicle Extrication
- Emergency Vehicle Operations
- Field Search Operations
- Map and Compass Skills
- Boat / Motor Operations
- Water-Based Search Operations
- ATV Operations
- Traffic Control
- Mass Casualty Incidents / Triage
Are there any costs involved? No
- Uniforms provided
- Equipment and gear provided
While working in Emergency Services, every day presents a new challenge and experience. You will have the training and support to serve the citizens of Shelby County in a time of need.
Emergency Services has several different roles within the Sheriff’s Office and the community. You will ride response shifts responding to medical calls with Shelby County Fire Department, respond to accidents with Sheriff Deputies, respond to callouts, and work Special Events. You will receive all the training needed to fully function. Time in Emergency Services, you will find something that matters most to you and develop new lifelong friendships with individuals serving the community as you do.
Callouts is a very important piece of Emergency Services. Callouts will range from searching for evidence, looking for missing person, child abduction, and assisting with clearing roadways after severe storms. Emergency Service always stands ready to respond.
Response Shifts you will experience helping individuals in our community during a time of need. You will assist our Deputies in many different roles rather helping with traffic control or giving them water on the hot humid days.
Click on the links to print a Emergency Services application and the Background Information Form.
(Please include your Name, Address, and Phone Number in the email)
To order an application by phone call: (901) 222-5875