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EMS Academy
EMS Academy Coordinator

15 West Kellogg Boulevard
280 City Hall
Saint Paul, MN  55102

Ph: (651) 266-8920
Fx: (651) 266-8919

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday
The Saint Paul Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy is an intensive, tuition-free emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and firefighter awareness program designed for low-income, minority, and women residents of Saint Paul between the ages of 18-30 (in the summer, the age range is 18-24).  

Participants earn an hourly wage during the training, which lasts 240 hours over 10-14 weeks. Recruitment is targeted to youth of diverse ethnicity, linguistic ability, and cultural experience, with the goal of building an EMS workforce reflective of Saint Paul’s communities.

Upon completing the EMS Academy, graduates earn National EMT certification, 9 elective college credits through Inver Hills Community College, and job competency training. To date, over 200 low-income, diverse young adults of Saint Paul have completed the EMS Academy.

To learn more about the EMS Academy, view our promotional video.

The EMS Academy is a collaboration between the Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO), the Saint Paul Fire Department (SPFD), Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Hubbs Center, and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties (CAPRW).

Join the EMS Academy
The application period for the Winter 2016 EMS Academy will soon open. The next anticipated class will take place January - April 2016, with the application period opening in October of 2015. If individuals are interested in receiving notifications on the EMS Academy and the next application period, please email  with your contact information. 

Introduction to EMS Class
The EMS Academy also offers an Introduction to EMS class which includes 60 hours of tuition-free classes that cover anatomy, physiology, EMS vocabulary, and study skills. This class is useful for any students pursuing nursing or medical assistant training. If you plan to apply for the EMS Academy, we strongly recommend taking the introduction class.

Individuals interested in attending the Introduction to EMS class should apply in person at the Hubbs Center (1030 University Ave, Saint Paul) Mondays or Wednesdays 9:00-11:30 a.m. or 2:00-6:00 p.m.

EMS Academy Graduation
Congratulations to the Summer 2015 EMS Academy graduating class!

Mayor Coleman and Saint Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler hosted graduation ceremonies for the graduates, their family and friends, and EMS Academy partners. 

Additional Information

EMS Academy – Class of Summer 2014
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