Right now our department will pay for your tuition, which costs about $9000. We currently have 22 paramedics across the three shifts but the departments goal is 30, or 10 per shift. We do hire paramedics but have several members who would like to attend the program to become medics. The local program is about 18 months long and classes are Monday and Wednesday nights. We have been negotiating with the city to cover the cost of shift coverage when school falls on a night they are working. We looked at some numbers and believe it could cost as much as another $9000.

I am trying to find out what support other departmenst across the nation provide to support there members, and I believe in the long run support the department and the citizens.