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Akron Fire Department EMT Training Program Outranks Peers


City of Akron Press Release
Published: 01-31-2018

Akron, Ohio, January 31, 2018—Mayor Dan Horrigan and Fire Chief Clarence Tucker are pleased to announce the City of Akron’s EMT school has been deemed one of the best in the State of Ohio.

The Akron Fire Department maintains an accreditation from the State Board of Emergency Medical Service for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training program, to train and refresh all of Akron Fire’s 363 uniformed firefighters and officers, who must maintain EMT certification throughout their careers. 


Akron’ EMS Training Academy recently navigated its three year accreditation renewal process through the State.  The renewal was granted with glowing reviews in all areas of Akron’s program.  Additionally, Mayor Horrigan is pleased to announce that AFD’s first attempt pass rate for the National Registry Exam—the test used to assess the knowledge and skills of emergency medical professionals—is 93%, which far exceeds the state average of  67% and the national average of  69%.


 “We are proud of this accomplishment; it demonstrates our commitment to providing our citizens with the highest quality of service,” Chief Tucker said of the outcome. EMS Bureau Manager District Chief Joe Natko added, “This is a direct result of all the hard work and diligence of the EMS training staff.”


The Akron Fire Department responded to 50,172 calls for service in 2017, an average of 143 responses each day. Of the 50,000+ calls last year, 80% were for emergency medical services. 


“I offer my congratulations and gratitude to the men and women of the Akron Fire Department for this hard-earned and well-deserved honor,” May Horrigan said. “It is critically important that the public appreciates the caliber of individuals serving and protecting them each and every day. The health and safety of our citizens is our top priority, and we will continue to strive to exceed the highest standards of excellence in patient care and emergency response.”


For further information, contact:
Lt. Sierjie Lash
PIO, Akron Fire Department
Phone: 3302175115
E-mail: [email protected]

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