National EMT group honors CFR’s Mayo

EMT recognized for 30-year career
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Bill Mayo

Columbus Fire Rescue EMT William Mayo has been recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 30 consecutive years of National EMS Certification — a distinction held by few EMS professionals.

To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Mayo was required to complete on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMS professionals in America, according to a press release from Columbus Fire Rescue.

By maintaining his National EMS Certification and completing regular continuing education courses, Mayo has demonstrated commitment to providing exceptional prehospital emergency medical care, according to a NREMT news release.

Mayo was Nationally Registered as an EMT in 1988 and has been serving the Columbus/Reed Point community since 2009. Prior to this position, he worked for Colstrip Ambulance Service.

“I would say to make 30 years as a volunteer EMT is a pretty astounding accomplishment in today’s world,” said Columbus Assistant Fire Chief/ Paramedic Nick Jacobs. “The industry has changed significantly over Bill’s career and he is still willing to adapt to the changes that happens in the national and state EMS systems and continues to do what is asked of him.”

The NREMT serves as the National EMS Certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status. The NREMT is used by states to validate basic proficiency in EMS and once a person passes the NREMT, that person can apply for state licensure.

About the NREMT

Known as the National Registry, the NREMT was created in 1970 and is considered the nation’s emergency medical services certification organization. Its mission centers on “protecting the public and advancing the RMS profession,” according to the organization’s website. The registry is also accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

More than a million EMS providers have been certified by the National Registry, and currently, there are more than 330,000 individuals nationally certified as EMRs, EMTs, Advanced-EMTs or paramedics.

The National Registry is recognized in every state in the United States, and 46 states use the certification as a basis for licensure.