Los Angeles County Fire Department

12/22/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/22/2017 13:20

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Recognizes LA EMT Program

At the weekly Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting on December 19, 2017, Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas presented a scroll to the LA Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program and its partners and participants.

The first cohort of the LA EMT Program. Photo credit: Diandra Jay/Board of Supervisors.

The LA EMT Program is a pilot project which introduces young adults, between the ages of 18-26 years old, to career paths in the public safety and health industries. The five-month program teaches participants about self-development, life skills and leadership, and they even receive a monthly stipend of $1,200. After successfully completing the LA EMT Program, participants must pass a national registry exam before receiving a conditional offer of employment for an entry-level job with McCormick Ambulance. The almost-guaranteed job with McCormick Ambulance is a major perk of the program.

Chief Osby addresses the audience at the scroll presentation to the LA EMT program. Photo credit: Henry Salazar/Board of Supervisors.

'Keep up the great work,' said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby to the program graduates and supporters. 'I think that this commitment that you demonstrated is an example of what hard work does… Six months ago, they weren't exactly sure what they were going to do and now they have employment. And, some of them want to become firefighters.'

The next cohort of the LA EMT Program begins in February with an all-female group expected to start the program shortly after.