On April 16, the fifth graduating class of the Saint Paul EMS Academy will receive their EMT certifications. Saint Paul EMS Academy is unique in many ways, including its holistic, multi-faceted teaching and support services that stand out among traditional EMS training programs.
“Forty years ago, there was an institution remarkably similar: the Freedom House Ambulance Service. What began as a grassroots, civil rights and community organizing center, Freedom House later grew into the first paramedic service in the United States. It was directed and staffed by entrepreneurial African American men and women of a low-income Pittsburgh neighborhood who wanted to save lives and serve their community. Their efforts resulted in the nation's earliest paramedic program and catalyzed the birth of modern pre-hospital medicine,” said Luz María Frías, director of St. Paul’s Office of Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity which sponsors the training program.
“This April, the City of Saint Paul and its partners will recognize the Freedom House Ambulance Service for its courageous leadership and enduring legacy. In partnership with Macalester College and Inver Hills Community College, the Saint Paul EMS Academy has arranged for three of the original Freedom House paramedics to visit Saint Paul during these festivities. We are thrilled that these individuals will participate in a series of public events and deliver the EMS Academy's graduation keynote address,” Frias said.
Schedule of Events:
• April 16th, 8:00-9:00 a.m. -- Saint Paul Fire Station 51 Renaming and Dedication Ceremony
296 West 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Station 51, home of the Saint Paul EMS Academy, is to be renamed "Freedom House Station 51." The Office of Mayor Chris Coleman will present three of the original Freedom House paramedics with city proclamations, dedicating Station 51 in honor of the Freedom House Ambulance Service.
• April 16th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. -- Freedom House "Street Saviors" - Documentary Film & Discussion
Inver Hills Community College, Room FA 165 (Black Box Theater)
On-campus screening of the award-winning documentary, Street Saviors, which tells the Freedom House story.
• April 16th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. -- EMS Academy Graduation Ceremony
Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center, 800 Conway Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Graduation of the EMS Academy Class of Spring 2012, featuring keynote speakers of the original Freedom House Ambulance Service.
• April 17th, 2012, 3:15 – 5:30 p.m. -- Freedom House "Street Saviors" - Documentary Film & Discussion
Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55107
A public screening of the award-winning documentary, Street Saviors, which tells the Freedom House story. Panel discussion following the film.
To view Street Savior documentary trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi-qt6fyAKU