Division of Emergency Medical Service Graduates 16 New Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cadets will help increase critical services to Cleveland neighborhoods and improve response times

CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland continues its commitment to neighborhood residents today with the addition of 16 new emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The new EMT staff is part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s effort to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland neighborhoods by 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 Director Dr. Thomas Collins and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Commissioner Nicole Carlton.

Mayor Jackson, who announced his 2017 budget enhancements on February 1, promised Cleveland residents a renewed focus on critical services in area neighborhoods. 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 plans to add 60 new paramedics, eight dispatchers to reduce response times, four new captains to oversee field operations and five new ambulances.

The 16 new cadets are not part of the 2017 budget, but as the City moves forward, the enhanced funding helps meet the needs of local citizens through increased manpower.

“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.”

The 16 cadets will continue intensive field training following graduation, before release to full duty. The new cadets will help maintain the number of staffed ambulances available to handle medical emergencies at 18.