Newest emergency medical technicians welcomed by fire chief

DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnell Fullum was among the DeKalb County officials who welcomed the newest class of local paramedics who completed training and graduated through American Medical Response (AMR) in March.

Nine new paramedics gathered at the Lynwood Center in Brookhaven, where they were honored by Fullum and Troy Augustin, division chief for DeKalb County Fire Rescue; Chris Valentin, southeast regional director for AMR Georgia; Wilmond “Antoine” Meadows, operations chief for AMR DeKalb County; and Lance Hester, operations manager for AMR DeKalb County, among others.

DeKalb Fire Chief Darnell Fullum speaks during a graduation ceremony for the latest class of paramedics in Brookhaven.

Officials with AMR said the paramedic training program was launched as a means for its EMTs to advance their careers without the stress of financial or time constraints.
“The program finances the EMTs’ continued education, as well as testing fees and any other associated costs,” stated officials. “Pending successful completion of the program, the participants are promoted to paramedic with a competitive and commensurate pay increase. The new paramedics are now trained to administer medications, perform cardiac monitoring, and other advanced trauma treatment skills. With continuing investments into the Georgia community, AMR seeks to build strong relationships and enhance services to the community.”

According to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue’s website, there is a need for more paramedics and EMTs in DeKalb County. The website lists “multiple career paths available” for paramedics and EMTs. The job listing includes paid holidays and sick leave, paid on-the-job training, health insurance, tuition reimbursement, and additional benefits.

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