Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services

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.

Service Opportunities

  • Medical First Responders
  • Search and Rescue Technicians
  • Must be 18 years-old
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Service Requirements: 24 hours/month

Emergency Services


Emergency Services II


Emergency Services III


Emergency Services III


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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
  • Circulation
  • 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
  • Communication
  • 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

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Be A Volunteer

Reserve Deputy

Community Services Volunteer

Jail Volunteers

Explorer Academy

Mailing Address:
Volunteer Services Bureau
989 Dovecrest
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: 901-222-5875