The City of Cleveland’s Division of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) today graduated 39 new Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. This is the second graduating EMS class that is a direct result of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s enhanced budget and the passage of Issue 32. The additional staff is part of the mayor’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Cleveland neighborhoods by reducing emergency response times.
“Thanks to the people of Cleveland passing Issue 32, this class of 39 cadets will make it possible for EMS to staff 25 ambulances during the day and 21 at night,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.
The cadets graduated from their 14-week in-class training program and will now be assigned a Field Training Officer for assimilation training. They will then be authorized and assigned full duty status. Once field training is complete, the additional 39 employees will allow EMS to staff 25 ambulances during the day and 21 at night, starting in the 1st quarter of 2018. This is an increase over the current staffing of 21 ambulances during the day and 19 ambulances at night. The Division of EMS is also receiving a total of nine new ambulances to support the additional staff.
“Cleveland EMS is committed to providing the highest level of pre-hospital care to the citizens and visitors of Cleveland, “said EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton. “Our new graduates will soon make a significant difference in response time, performance and saving lives.”
Mayor Jackson promised Cleveland residents a renewed focus on critical services in area neighborhoods through the enhanced budget. Services such as police, fire and emergency medical services will all receive significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of Issue 32. Cleveland EMS added a total of 60 new EMTs/paramedics and eight dispatchers to reduce response times; EMS will add in the near future four new captains to oversee field operations.
For more information about the Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service, or Mayor Jackson’s 2017 enhanced budget, visit www.city.cleveland.oh.us.