Cleveland EMS 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 in 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 and transportation to victims of illness or injury, and to treat patients with dignity and respect. Cadets were also presented with the Certificate of Completion Awards for the Emergency Medical Dispatchers, EMTs and Paramedics.

The newly sworn-in EMS Cadets participated in a 12 week intensive paramedic training program and 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 those vacancies created by attrition.  This will maintain the number of ambulances available to handle medical emergencies at 18. The City of Cleveland newest first responders for the Division of EMS 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. 

Clare Walters