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Academy creates EMS jobs in Boston

Posted on December 31, 2017

The city’s academy is creating more EMS jobs in Boston.

There are now 22 new EMT recruits that have graduated, and the city has recognized seven department members recently promoted, in a ceremony at Faneuil Hall held before family and friends. Among those addressing the graduates were Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) Executive Director Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, and Boston EMS Chief Jim Hooley. The graduating class will be assigned to frontline ambulances across the city.

The Boston EMS Academy graduation commemorated the EMTs’ successful completion of the most extensive EMS post-hire educational program in the country. The recruits, already state-certified EMTs prior to hire, completed an additional 12 weeks of classroom training and practical scenario work, as well as a 15-week field internship program to prepare them to provide the best possible care in a busy evolving urban system. Recruits were trained in a variety of emergency situations, including mass casualty incidents, domestic violence cases, hazardous materials exposures, transportation accidents, recovery services and life-threatening emergencies.

“As one of the leading emergency medical services providers in the country, Boston EMS serves our residents and visitors with compassionate and excellent pre-hospital care,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our EMTs and paramedics are there for us during our most vulnerable moments, offering expert medical care and support. I’m pleased to welcome this new class of recruits and thank them for their service to our City.”

During their training, the recruit class responded to over 3,600 incidents. These calls included illnesses, injuries, cardiac incidents, motor vehicle accidents, deliveries, shootings, stabbings, overdoses and more. Having the assistance of an experienced EMT field training officer throughout many calls and different call types ensures that they are comfortable providing care to patients regardless the circumstance, and also understand the level of care, clinical excellence and professionalism expected of them as Boston EMS EMTs.