38 students, 22 from Buffalo, start EMT training

Posted at 12:53 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 15:52:11-05

Rural Metro is starting EMT training on Tuesday for a class of 38 students. The 12-week program could help them become certified EMTs in New York State.

Rural Metro says there's a shortage of EMTs nationwide and this class is a start in helping to save the lives of western New Yorkers.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield gave the students a welcome and said the field they're getting into requires communication and participation across the board.

"We're going to do more and more training across the board and things of that nature," said Whitfield.

Whitfield said EMTs in Buffalo work closely with the fire and police departments.

Rural Metro recently signed a new contract with the City of Buffalo. That agreements requires an increase in staff and according to Rural Metro this training course is one way to help reach that goal.





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