Philadelphia Fire Department welcomes 10 new paramedics

Mike Dougherty
August 09, 2018 - 4:09 pm

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Fire Department welcomed 10 new paramedics into their family during a graduation ceremony Thursday.

From gunshot and stab wounds to overdoses and heart attacks, these 10 men and women of Class 35 will join a department that runs from job to job all day, every day.

"In a 24-hour period — any given 24-hour period — we respond to about 1,000 incidents of all types," said Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.

Each paramedic cadet comes in with prior experience. The Philadelphia Fire Academy puts them through additional training to handle the unique challenges Philly presents as the country's second-busiest EMS department.

"Extreme heat, extreme cold — nothing stops us. Nothing slows us down," he added.

Graduate James Fincannon earned an award for his leadership during training, and he's excited to get out there and make a positive impact.

"I've always had a passion for contributing to society and helping people," he said.