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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DC Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe to Attend Orientation of New Fire and EMS Cadets


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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul A. Quander; DC Department of Employment Services Director Lisa Mallory; and District Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe will attend an orientation class of the Fire and EMS Department’s 14th Cadet Program. Officials will personally greet the cadets and offer words of encouragement as they begin a 12-month training program.

WHEN: Monday, November 7, 2011
8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Fire and Emergency Medical Services Training Academy
4600 Shepherd Parkway, SW
Washington, DC 20032

 

BACKGROUND: The DC Fire and EMS Cadet Program is designed to recruit District of Columbia high school graduates into the Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The program was initially established in 1985, as a joint venture between Fire and EMS and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Following a period of inactivity, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe have re-launched the program, recognizing its value in stimulating job and career opportunities for the District’s youth. The program was started on October 24, 2011 with 17 cadets. An additional 17 cadets have been added to the class and all 34 recruits will attend the November 7th orientation session. The Cadet Program embodies the true spirit of Mayor Gray’s “One City*One Hire” initiative that is achieving success in training and hiring District residents.

To date, the Cadet Program has successfully trained and transitioned over 200 cadets into career service positions as Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter/Paramedic within the Department. The classes have been composed of members of diverse ethnic groups and include a large number of females. To date, four Battalion Fire Chiefs, eight Captains, 19 Lieutenants and 17 Sergeants are graduates from the program.