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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Class is in Session for Summer EMS Academy

Summer vacation may have started for most area youth, but for students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy, summer means all-day classes, homework, and rigorous training exercises.  The 8th EMS Academy started on June 18, with 34 area youth ready to begin careers in emergency medicine.  Over the next 10 weeks EMS Academy students will be in class three days a week, be expected to complete an additional 30+ hours of homework each week, pass emergency medical training exercises, log more than 400 hours of clinical ride-alongs to observe practicing emergency medical technicians, spend three class periods training at the Saint Paul Fire Training Tower, and at the end of the summer take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician exam.

The EMS Academy creates training opportunities for all individuals, advances the emergency medical services profession, and includes youth of diverse ethnicities, cultures, and language abilities.  Since 2009, more than 100 students have graduated from the Saint Paul EMS Academy. Numerous graduates are currently working at Regions and United Hospital or working with ambulance companies such as Allina, HealthEast, or the EMS Academy’s Basic Life Transport Service. 

Please join us in wishing good luck to the Summer EMS Academy class, and mark your calendars for EMS Academy graduation on August 27.

For more information about the EMS Academy please visit,  or    

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