The Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service started training the 56 additional Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Paramedics hired to fill existing vacancies and increase the number of ambulances available to handle medical emergencies from 15 to 18.
The EMT Cadet Academy class started Monday, and will be an integral part of improving the service capabilities of Cleveland EMS.
The 12-week training academy consists of classroom and in-the-field training expanding on cadets' pre-hospital medical knowledge. Cadets will also learn the medical protocols and internal policies and regulations of the division, and complete extensive driver and physical fitness training. The classroom portion will be complete by the first week of December.
The cadets will then continue with additional in-the-field training to be conducted with a Field Training Officer until they are released for full independent duty around the first week of January 2013.