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Detroit Begins Training High School Students as EMTs, Firefighters

DETROIT (WDIV) – Detroit has unveiled a 2-year pilot program designed to train high school students as firefighters and EMTs by the time they graduate.

The partnership announced Thursday involves the Detroit Fire Department and Detroit Public Schools. Under the program, students will get certification so that they’re immediately eligible to be hired by fire departments in Detroit or elsewhere.

Classes will be held at Cody High School’s Medicine and Community Health Academy.

“We are preparing young adults in Detroit to be committed citizens who contribute to make our city great,” said MCHA principal Michelle Parker.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the idea came from trying to recruit more Detroiters as new EMT and fire department hires.

“Everything in this city starts with a job, and it starts with opportunities. It starts with our young people growing up believing there will be opportunities for them,” Duggan said.

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