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.