Mayor Wu, Boston EMS celebrate new EMTS, promotions and announce new cadet program

~ Today, Mayor Michelle Wu, along with Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Dr. Bisola Ojikutu and Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief James Hooley, celebrated the graduation of 15 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Recruits and three promotions at a ceremony at Faneuil Hall. The completion of their training will enhance staffing for 9-1-1 ambulances and dispatch operations, strengthening the City of Boston's Emergency Medical Services.

Mayor Wu also announced a new cadet program at Boston EMS. Through the program, cadets will be hired as full-time temporary employees and will earn as they learn. They will complete an EMT training course, obtain state certification, and support different areas of the department as they prepare for a career as an EMT at Boston EMS. After successful completion of the program, expected to be no more than six months, cadets will transition directly into the next EMT Recruit Academy earning $69,372 annually.

"I want to thank all of you -- those who are graduating, those who are being promoted into leadership today, and everyone at Boston EMS for being the living embodiment of the best parts of our city," said Mayor Wu in her address. "People who have the strength and heart to provide care and calm for others in their moments of greatest need."

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The 15 recruits completed an intense training program for EMTs at Boston EMS which included six months of classroom and field training to hone their skills in a variety of life-threatening emergency situations such as active shooter incidents, hazardous materials exposure, transportation accidents, recovery services, human trafficking, and mass casualty incidents. During their training rounds they responded to more than 2,400 9-1-1 incidents caring for patients suffering from a range of emergencies including cardiac arrest, behavioral health issues illnesses and injuries as well as serious trauma including shootings and stabbings.

Dr. Ojikutu expressed her gratitude towards all those involved in this ceremony: "I personally want to thank all the graduates and promoted members of EMS for their commitment to serving the residents of Boston with compassionate care that saves lives and furthers health equity."

The three promotions were also recognized alongside the newest EMTs for their promotion to Captain rank; Patrick Calter, James McCabe and Michelle Chu represent more than 46 years combined experience at Boston EMS. As supervisors mentors and advocates these captains are dual-trained in field and dispatch operations.

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Chief Hooley remarked on how much has changed within EMS: "As much as we talk about the need for EMS, the demands on EMS it couldn't be a more exciting time to be in EMS. We are changing evolving more than ever before." He went on to say that these graduates have already accomplished so much during their training rounds but now they must help guide mentor future members including upcoming recruits cadets.

Boston EMS is one of New England's busiest municipal providers responding to over 134 000 emergency medical incidents per year through clinical excellence emergency planning preparedness community outreach initiatives etcetera The next recruit academy class comprised 35 recruits will begin later this month while applications are currently being accepted for its cadet program which can be found on www dot boston dot gov slash ems Those interested in a rewarding career at Boston EMS are encouraged to sign up for training employment opportunities available through this website

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