EMS Graduates

The City of Cleveland added 15 new emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics to help serve neighborhood residents The new EMT staff is part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s effort to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland neighborhoods by maintaining staffing levels and reducing emergency response times.

EMT Graduation Video

“The people of Cleveland expect and deserve the best trained and equipped emergency medical personnel and this graduating class is reflective of the training they received,” said Mayor Jackson.

Friends, family and city staff gathered to attend the graduation ceremony today at Cleveland City Hall. Along with Mayor Jackson, local officials included Council President Kevin J. Kelley of Ward 13, Councilman Matt Zone of Ward 15, Safety Director Michael McGrath, Thomas Collins, M.D., Medical Director for the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Commissioner, Nicole Carlton.

Services such as police, fire and EMS have all received significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of Issue 32. Cleveland EMS plans to continue filling paramedic and dispatcher positions in an effort to reduce response times and staff the ambulance services which have increased to 25 during the day-time shift and 21 at night.

These 15 new cadets are part of the on-going recruitment effort as the City moves forward to provide a higher quality of life for and meet the needs of our residents.

“The Cleveland EMS is committed to providing exemplary pre-hospital care in a professional and timely manner to the citizens and visitors of Cleveland,” said Commissioner Carlton. “The addition of our new first responders makes a significant difference in response time, performance and ultimately in saving lives.” 

These new EMTs and paramedics will continue intensive field training before they are released to full duty and will help to maintain full ambulance staffing levels.

Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service

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