Friday July 22, 2005
Mayor Jerry Abramson today congratulated graduates of the new Louisville Metro EMS training program and said that their skills and commitment are helping implement the city’s vision for a medically driven EMS department providing life-saving services across Louisville.
The 13 graduates are the first to complete the 180 hours of training developed by Metro EMS, the citywide agency created in February by combining services from the Louisville Fire Department and Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services.
"Our goal is to shave every second - every minute - off our response time, and in doing so, each of you will be saving lives in our community. As we create this groundbreaking new EMS department, you will be looked to as models,” Abramson told the graduates.
The graduates comprise the first of 46 new emergency-medical technicians and paramedics to be hired under the current Louisville Metro budget. They will join the department’s field staff as EMTs upon passing the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certifications. Eleven have already earned those certifications and will join the force immediately.
Dr. Neal Richmond, chief executive officer of Metro EMS, said the graduates bring diverse experience to the department.
“We have individuals that have run a health department, or even worked as a physician in the Ukraine, but they all share a common passion - wanting to help people,” he said.
Richmond also said Metro EMS is working to develop an emergency-medical curriculum that would be offered at area universities as a degree program. EMS officers promoted
As part of the ceremony, Abramson promoted 11 EMS command-staff members to major. The promotions bring department under a uniform rank system, where previously the command staff operated under different structures at the Louisville Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS.
"These promotions are another step in solidifying our EMS as one team that will provide the highest level of medical care to our entire community,” Abramson said.