City of Cleveland Receives Ohio State Emergency Medical Technician Training Accreditation (CORRECTION)

Monday, August 20, 2018

CLEVELAND – Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath are pleased to announce that the State of Ohio Department of Public Safety has approved the City of Cleveland, Division of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) request to become an accredited Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training facility.

“The addition of the State of Ohio Accreditation provides additional avenues for the community to become part of the Department of Public Safety. This is part of our on-going efforts that allow us to recruit, train and certify EMTs that reflect the race, gender and ethnicity of the City of Cleveland,” said Mayor Jackson.

This accreditation allows the Division of EMS to hire, train and certify interested candidates to become Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians. The Division of EMS has traditionally required candidates to be certified EMT’s and paramedics prior to applying for open positions. This accreditation will make careers in public safety more accessible for Clevelanders and add another training resource for the entire Department of Public Safety. View the State of Ohio accreditation certificate here.

“I would like to congratulate Commissioner Nicole A. Carlton and her staff for achieving the State of Ohio Accreditation. The EMT Accreditation - in addition to the Fire Charter acquired by the Division of Fire earlier this year - rounds out the training needs for the Divisions of Fire and EMS,” said Director of Public Safety McGrath.

Commissioner Carlton added, “This accreditation will allow us to provide opportunities for our residents and benefit the entire Department of Public Safety for many years to come. We are excited to share our vast expertise and pre-hospital care knowledge through this training program.”

The Division of EMS will accept applications for this program starting in the first quarter of 2019.

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