Mayor Jimmy Weekley announced today that the Key West
Fire Department has received approval from the Monroe County Public Safety
Division for $10,800 to train six firefighters as paramedics.
This funding will implement the first year of a five-year plan by the
Fire Department to provide paramedic training to at least six firefighters a
year. The first six firefighters
chosen will undergo training in Marathon beginning in January as part of a
program instituted by Miami-Dade Community College.
I am pleased that the county is providing this much-needed assistance
to our fire department, Mayor Weekley said.
Paramedic certification will increase our emergency service medical
capability. I hope we can form a
partnership with the county over the next five to ten years to secure such
training for all of our firefighting force.
The Mayor sought the funding from county emergency medical service
coffers citing our growing tourist numbers and need for residents to have access
to prompt paramedic services.
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