STOCKTON, Calif. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $958,000 to the City of Stockton to train members of the Stockton Fire Department as paramedics.
The new paramedics will relieve pressure on overworked paramedics already on staff and stay ahead of workforce shortages due to retirees.
“The 2018 AFG award will help provide paramedic training to 10 of our firefighters,” said Stockton Fire Chief Richard Edwards. “This essential training will help ensure that a fire department paramedic is available for response to our community’s emergency medical needs.”
“Fire and EMS first responders are on the front line of emergency and disaster response,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Bob Fenton. “Consistent, relevant, and quality training allows Stockton Fire to continue providing the best services to its community by delivering a highly effective response to any emergency.”
In 2019, the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program awarded $698 million to nearly 2,300 applicants. The program helps firefighters and first responders purchase life-saving equipment, receive training, conduct research and outreach, and protect emergency personnel and the public from fire and related hazards.
The program’s goal is to enhance response capabilities and more effectively protect the health and safety of the public by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations, and state fire training academies.