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Bowser administration releases request for applications for DC paramedic school

January 17, 2024
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The Bowser Administration, in a collaborative effort with the Department of Employment Services (DOES), has officially released a Request for Applications (RFA) for the establishment of the DC Paramedic School.

This initiative, a key component of Mayor Bowser’s FY24 Fair Shot Budget, marks a significant step in the development of emergency medical services in the District.

DC Paramedic School: A new horizon in emergency medical services

The proposed DC Paramedic School is slated to begin operations in the Fall of 2024, backed by a funding of $1.2 million.

The program, which will be housed at a local university, is expected to revolutionize the training and preparation of first responders in the area.

The school’s curriculum will align with the National Curriculum, aiming to train up to 100 paramedics annually in the District.

This development is seen as a foundational move for the future of first responders at Fire and EMS (FEMS).

Collaboration and application process

DC Fire and EMS (FEMS) and DOES are currently welcoming applications from local universities interested in hosting the DC Paramedic School.

To be considered, universities must be regionally accredited, 501(c)3 institutions with a physical presence in the District of Columbia.

The deadline for applications is set for December 8, at 3:00 p.m.

Additionally, a virtual pre-application meeting is scheduled for November 29 at 11 a.m., providing an opportunity for university officials to gain insights into the RFA process and the school’s objectives.

Chief John Donnelly of FEMS emphasized the critical nature of this initiative: “A paramedic school is critical to DC Fire and EMS continuing to provide the right care to our patients,” he said.

“The paramedic school partnership will make DC Fire and EMS and our university partner better able to serve the citizens of DC in their time of need.”

Training the next generation of first responders

Dr. Unique Morris Hughes, Director of the Department of Employment Services, also commented on the project, highlighting its potential impact: “We are excited about training the next generation of first responders in the future DC Paramedic School,” said Dr. Hughes.

“This shows a commitment to public safety and serves as an opportunity for aspiring healthcare professionals.

We are shaping a future where compassion meets expertise and where the heroes of emergency response are trained right here in the District.”

FSJA Comment

The establishment of the DC Paramedic School represents a proactive step towards enhancing public safety and emergency medical services in the District.

By integrating advanced training with practical application, the school aims to not only enrich the skill set of first responders but also ensure a higher standard of emergency care for the community.

This initiative underlines the administration’s commitment to public safety and healthcare, providing a structured pathway for aspiring paramedics.

The collaboration between FEMS, DOES, and local universities also exemplifies a community-driven approach to education and professional development in essential public services.

The DC Paramedic School is poised to become a cornerstone in the realm of emergency medical services in the region, fostering a new generation of well-trained, compassionate, and skilled paramedics.

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