The City of Cleveland welcomed today 27 new emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics to the city’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS). They are the first EMS class to be hired and graduate as a result of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s 2017 enhanced budget.
The addition of EMS staff is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative and his effort to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland neighborhoods by reducing emergency response times.
Friends, family and city staff gathered to attend the graduation ceremony today at Cleveland City Hall. Along with Mayor Jackson, local officials included Councilman Matt Zone of Ward 15, Safety Director Michael McGrath, Dr. Thomas Collins of MetroHealth Hospital and EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton.
The cadets will continue intensive training on an ambulance with Field Training Officers for several weeks following graduation. Following their release to full independent duty, the EMTs and Paramedics will provide staffing to cover vacancies as well as additional positions added as a result of the mayor’s enhanced budget to improve medical services and response times to the neighborhoods.
As part of the first phase of elevating the level of pre-hospital medical care to an unprecedented level by years end, the number of ambulances will increase to 21 during the day and 19 at night. This will allow EMS to provide exemplary pre-hospital care in a professional and timely manner to the citizens and visitors of Cleveland.
Additionally, as part of the 2017 budget enhancements and the passage of Issue 32, the Division of EMS has 10 Emergency Medical Dispatchers in training to significantly reduce the amount of time for emergency calls to be processed. They are scheduled to fully complete training in September.
To complete the Mayor’s 2017 enhanced budget, the Division of EMS will start another EMT Cadet Training Academy in September. Upon graduation and field training, the Division of EMS will staff 25 ambulances during the day and 21 at night. The Division of EMS is also receiving five new ambulances to support the additional staff.