The City of Cleveland added 23 new emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics to its Emergency Medical Service (EMS) staff Friday, June 8. They are part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s effort to enhance the quality of life in all Cleveland neighborhoods by maintaining staffing levels and reducing emergency response times.
“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 Frank G. Jackson.
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, Public Safety Medical Director Dr. Thomas Collins and EMS Commissioner, Nicole Carlton.
Services such as police, fire and emergency medical service are all receiving significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of the mayor’s enhanced budget. Cleveland EMS will continue filling EMT, paramedic and emergency medical dispatcher positions to help reduce response times. The additional staff will also support the increased ambulance services (25 ambulances during the day-time shift and 21 ambulances during the night shift).
“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 help to maintain full ambulance staffing levels.