Fifteen fire suppression aids (FSAs) from the Los Angeles County Fire Department successfully completed the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class. This was the first time the class was held in the Camps Section. The class was held at Camp 2 from March 19-April 23.
Camps Section Battalion Chief Tom Sullivan oversaw as Fire Captain Kristian Litz (Camp 17 Superintendent) and Fire Fighter Specialist Jamie Kolar (Recruit Training EMT Coordinator) led the course, which included 170-hours of didactic and skills, 24-hours of clinical instruction, and two ride-along shifts with paramedics. Kolar shared that many of the FSAs have reported back that they have successfully passed the off-site examination required to receive their official EMT certification.
Historically, LACoFD FSAs working to receive EMT certification have been able to join in courses run specifically for incoming recruit classes of fire fighter trainees. According to Emergency Medical Services Bureau Deputy Fire Chief Jon O’Brien, the need to run future courses in the Camps Section is driven by turnover. As new individuals join the ranks as FSAs, more opportunities to help them become EMT certified can be created, thereby equipping them to quickly respond to medical emergencies that occur on the line.
Fire Suppression Aid Collin Bashara
Fire Suppression Aid Lyvan Friend
Fire Suppression Aid Doug Galindo
Fire Suppression Aid Alfredo Garcia
Fire Suppression Aid Jose Vidal Garcia
Fire Suppression Aid Kristofer Gudmundsson
Fire Suppression Aid Trevor Hemsley
Senior Fire Suppression Aid Mark McCabe
Fire Suppression Aid Chris Poptsis
Fire Suppression Aid Samuel Saldibar
Fire Suppression Aid Joshua Sanchez
Fire Suppression Aid Armando Urbina