Division of EMS

Cleveland Emergency Medical Service Hosts 2016 Cadet Graduation

Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office at the Division of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) graduation ceremony for the 2016 EMS Cadet Class held in Cleveland City Council Chambers. Six Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and nine Paramedics from the EMT Training Academy were sworn-in and pledged to provide advanced out-of-hospital medical care. The graduating cadets will provide exemplary pre-hospital care in a professional and timely manner to the citizens and visitors of Cleveland.  

Special remarks were provided by Matt Zone, Cleveland City Councilman (Ward 15) and Public Safety Council Chairman; Michael McGrath, Director of Public Safety; and, Dr. Thomas Collins, Public Safety Medical Director. Nicole Carlton, Commissioner, EMS, gave welcoming remarks to all attendees at the ceremony. Additionally, family and friends were also in attendance to share in this special occasion. 

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Cleveland EMS Today

Cleveland EMS is staffed with, on average, 260 professionals who run 18 state-of-the-art advanced life support ambulances handling approximately 95,000 emergency calls annually. The dispatch center is now run locally with certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers trained on a Computer Aided Dispatching system which allows for call prioritizing, pre-arrival instructions, and the tracking of ambulances and support vehicles.

The Division’s emergency medical personnel receive rigorous education, training, and performance evaluations to make certain that Cleveland's citizens and visitors receive the best pre-hospital medical care in times of need.

Cleveland EMS History

Cleveland's Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Division was one of the country's first. Prior to its formation, police cars were used for emergency hospital transportation. A federal grant enabled the City to purchase a dozen ambulances and train 120 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's).

EMS Medic 9 (based out of University Hospitals at that time) responded to its first call at 9:00 am on October 13th, 1975. Cleveland EMS handled over 80,000 emergency calls that year. At that time, a central dispatch center received nationwide 911 calls which were then routed to the appropriate cities.

Advances in medicine, technology, education and training allowed the division to make major improvements. Public awareness grew as people recognized that EMS services were increasing survival rates for the critically sick and injured.