St. Paul ex-firehouse rechristened, trains EMTs

Building named after Freedom House in Pittsburgh, 'program to train unemployed and underemployed black men and women as medical technicians'


By Mara H. Gottfried
The St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A former St. Paul firehouse that's now home to the EMS Academy, which trains low-income youth, received a new name on Monday, April 16: Freedom House.

It's a reference to Freedom House in Pittsburgh, "a program to train unemployed and underemployed black men and women as medical technicians" that started in 1967, according to a website for a documentary. They became the first paramedics in the country — "providing advanced-life support as we know it now" instead of only transporting them to the hospital, said Dave Page, lead instructor for the EMS Academy.

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