- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly one in four Compton firefighters lacks a valid permit to perform emergency medical care.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1NjZtyN ) says its investigation found that 17 of 74 firefighters don’t have a current emergency medical technician card. Seven do office work. Ten are in firehouses but can only assist on 911 medical calls.

An EMT permit allows trained members to help people with severe trauma. Refresher courses are required every two years.

Compton doesn’t require its firefighters to be certified EMTs - although that is a requirement in more than a dozen other departments in LA County.

Fire Chief Jon Thompson says he’s ordered uncertified firefighters to qualify for EMT cards by the end of May. He says the department also requires all new hires to be EMT trained.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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