Six EMS paramedics began eight weeks of training today at the Fire Training Academy in what city officials said shows the strength of their commitment to integrate the divisions of Fire and EMS, reports The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The paramedics will join a class of fire cadets who are already training at the academy.
But in an era of fewer structural fires and growing numbers of medical emergencies, city officials say they envision a Division of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Service staffed by men and women cross-trained in both fighting fires and providing emergency medical care.
Fire trucks sent out on medical calls would house advanced life support technology and rescuers capable of using it. And fire trucks and ambulances would be dispatched using a highly coordinated, efficient system that maximizes resources and saves time.
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