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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Paramedic Accreditation Process

Maintaining Accreditation
  • Paramedic Accreditation

    All candidates for paramedic accreditation in Contra Costa County shall meet the following accreditation requirements:

    1. Possess a current California paramedic license.
    2. Be employed as a paramedic with a designated Contra Costa ALS service provider or the EMS Agency.
    3. Attend a Contra Costa EMS Orientation provided by the EMS Agency.
    4. Successfully complete the Contra Costa County EMS Optional Scope Skills training provided by the provider agency.

    Once these requirements are met, please complete the Paramedic – Initial Accreditation online application.

    In order to complete the application, copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded into the system:

    • CPR Certification
    • ACLS Certification
    • PALS/PEPP Certification
    • Paramedic Skills Verification
    • If applicable, court records and/or police reports as requested during the application process

    Online applications will not be accepted until all the required documentation has been uploaded.

    Once the online application has been submitted and the EMS Agency has confirmed that the applicant meets all the criteria specified in Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 4, Article 5, Section 100166 of the California Code of Regulations, an individual shall be accredited as a Paramedic in Contra Costa County.

  • Maintaining Accreditation

    Accreditation to practice shall be continuous as long as:

    1. State licensure as a paramedic in California is maintained,
    2. Employment as a paramedic with a designated Contra Costa ALS service provider or the EMS Agency is maintained,
    3. A current and valid ALCS card, according to the standards of the American Heart Association, is maintained,
    4. Verification of skills competency (PDF) is completed every two years

    Once these requirements are met, please complete the Paramedic – Maintain Accreditation online application.

    Verification that the above requirements to maintain accreditation have been met must be submitted with an application prior to expiration of the current accreditation period.