The first-ever all-female class of the 18-week long Los Angeles Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program graduated on Friday, January 11, 2019. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby congratulated the 14 program participants during the commencement ceremony at Central Baptist Church in Carson.
Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai, Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence, Battalion Chiefs Alvin Brewer and Robert Harris, and lead instructor Fire Fighter Specialist Kenneth Lee attended the event that recognized their significant accomplishment.
“It was humbling to work with such a large number of female candidates who are interested in working with the Department,” said lead instructor FFS Lee. “I appreciate the opportunity to pass along career and life knowledge.”
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, along with his team, supported the first LA EMT Program to give young adults a better future and career pathway that also serves their community. At-risk youth are given the opportunity to learn hands-on EMT skills which helps them gain experience as they consider entering the fire service or health industry.
After successfully completing the LA EMT Program, graduates may be offered conditional employment with McCormick Ambulance, if they pass the National Emergency Medical Services Certification exam.
The program is highly successful and competitive. The fourth cohort is set to begin training later this year.