EMT pro­gram's grad­u­ates wel­comed

South Florida Times - - METRO -

MI­AMI-DADE – Af­ter the eco­nomic down­turn re­sulted in the Mi­ami-Dade County Fire­fighter Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gram be­ing dis­con­tin­ued in 2009, Dis­trict One Com­mis­sioner Bar­bara Jor­dan spon­sored leg­is­la­tion in 2015 di­rect­ing the County ad­min­is­tra­tion to recre­ate a sim­i­lar pro­gram that would give high school stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to be­come cer­ti­fied as first re­spon­ders and/or emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians (EMTs).

“I cre­ated the pro­gram to give high school se­niors an early start in pur­su­ing ca­reers in fields such as EMT, fire­fighter, or nurse,” Com­mis­sioner Jor­dan said. At the May 15 Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing, Jor­dan rec­og­nized the first grad­u­at­ing class of the re­vamped Mi­ami-Dade Fire Res­cue EMT pro­gram.

The Mi­ami-Dade Fire Res­cue De­part­ment (MDFR) pro­vides course in­struc­tion, men­tor­ing, and the op­por­tu­nity to take the state test, all at no cost to the stu­dents. Stu­dents also are given a pref­er­ence in hir­ing with MDFR af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the pro­gram.

Fire Chief Dave Downey told the grad­u­ates: “I’m ex­tremely proud of what this EMT class has ac­com­plished.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MI­AMI-DADE COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

Mi­ami-Dade Com­mis­sioner Bar­bara Jor­dan con­grat­u­lates a re­cent grad­u­ate of the County’s Fire Res­cue EMT pro­gram.

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