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Summer Emergency Medical Services Academy Program

Applications for the City of St. Paul’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy are now being accepted. Applications must be completed and submitted online at stpaul.gov/jobs no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 4.

The EMS Academy is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification program for St. Paul youth ages 18-24 who are interested in a career as an EMT or firefighter. Selected candidates earn hourly wages for attending the 10-week course, which includes CPR certification, First Responder certification, ride-alongs with St. Paul Fire Department paramedics, and Emergency Room shadowing. Upon successful completion of the course, participants earn National EMT Certification, nine college credits, and are prepared to work in a variety of EMT positions.

Economically disadvantaged or at-risk young adults ages 18-24 who are St. Paul city residents are eligible for the program, which pays $ 7.50 per hour over the ten week course, which averages 24 hours per week.

The next EMS Academy begins June 18 and ends August 24, 2012. A commitment to consistent and timely attendance is required throughout the entire program.

There are two parts to the application. The first step is to submit an application online at stpaul.gov/jobs before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4. The second step is to attend the required Information, Orientation, and Interview Sessions. Times and locations of these sessions are posted on the EMS Academy website and Facebook page.

The EMS Academy is collaboration between the City of St. Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Department, St. Paul Parks & Recreation, the St. Paul Fire Department, Inver Hills Community College, St. Paul Public Schools, and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties. Since the EMS Academy began in 2009, it has graduated over 70 low-income St. Paul youth as EMTs. These graduates earn on average 250% more today than upon enrollment in the EMS Academy, with the vast majority working in the field or continuing their education in healthcare.

Visit ehs.net/EMSAcademy and facebook.com/EMSAcademy for more information.

Fire Station 51, at 296 West Seventh, where the EMS training programs are held, was recently renamed Freedom House, in honor of the program in Pittsburgh, PA, that pioneered in training underemployed black men and women as medical technicians. “Freedom House Paramedics” combined ambulance service with medical technicians, thus enabling a more skilled response to public calls for medical help.



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Metro Transit’s Tenth Commuter Challenge



Metro Transit and the region’s Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs include St. Paul Smart Trips) have launched the tenth annual Commuter Challenge, an effort that encourages Twin Cities residents to drive alone less often and try other commute options. Individuals can participate in the Commuter Challenge by pledging to replace drive-alone trips and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool. Those who sign up for the Commuter Challenge are entered into a prize drawing.



To be eligible, participants pledge to take one or more trips without driving alone through June 30, 2012. Participants can sign up at MyCommuterChallenge.org or at hundreds of employer fairs and events scheduled throughout the region during the campaign. Those who want to extend the challenge can track their trips online to become eligible to win even more prizes. Based on the trips logged, the online tracker estimates fuel savings and carbon reductions. In 2011, participants logged nearly 200,000 trips and 2.5 million miles using transit, bicycling, walking or sharing the ride in a carpool or vanpool.



Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. In 2011, customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains 81 million times.



Commute SMARTER. Park CHEAPER



St. Paul Smart Trips will soon be launching the Parking $mart program, offering discounted parking in downtown St. Paul. Half the cost of a carpool or vanpool’s monthly parking contract will be covered through the end of 2012, in one of three conveniently located downtown St. Paul parking ramps. Ramps include the Smith Avenue Transit Center, Capital City Plaza and the Jackson Ramp.



Carpoolers not only save on parking costs, but also on gas, maintenance, and wear and tear on the cars.



Form a carpool partnership and visit smart-trips.org/parking smart for information about how to qualify and register. Contact Damian Goebel at 651-224-8555, ext. 24 or damian@smart-trips.org to learn more.



Smart Trips Clarification

Our apologies to St. Paul Smart Trips for some errors in the March article. The program is funded by a federal program, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement, which is designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Smart Trips has also received funding from Bike Walk Twin Cities for its Neighborhoods program. References should have been to Metro Transit. HourCar is a St. Paul service with car sharing membership plans as an alternative to car ownership.



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Operation Medicine Delivery Tests Emergency Resource

On Sunday, May 6, U.S. Postal Service volunteers will make an unusual delivery in selected Twin Cities neighborhoods including 55101 and 55102. An empty pill bottle will be delivered to each residential mailing address.

The event is part of Operation Medicine Delivery, a test designed to see how fast postal teams can deliver medicine to homes in a simulated public health emergency. As part of the exercise, postal volunteers escorted by law enforcement officers will deliver a simulated supply of medication to approximately 37,000 residences. Each household will get an empty pill bottle and a flyer explaining the purpose of the exercise.
“People who receive the pill bottle do not need to do anything — just recycle the bottle,” said Rina McManus, Director of St. Paul – Ramsey County Public Health. The “postal plan,” is one part of the federal Cities Readiness Initiative to help communities prepare for and respond to various public health emergencies.

Agencies participating in the exercise include the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health, Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO), St. Paul – Ramsey County Public Health, and other local public health and law enforcement agencies.

The idea of using postal delivery teams to distribute preventive medication during an emergency has already been tested, on a limited basis, in Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle. However, this is the first metro area to recruit a full complement of postal participants, and set up a fully developed postal delivery system.

More information about Operation Medicine Delivery is available at the MDH website at health.state.mn.us/oep/postal.html. Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO) also has a variety of information on the exercise available in multiple languages through phone recordings, a video, and printed materials available at echominnesota.org or by calling 888-883-8831.


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Volunteer Opportunities
Cerenity Senior Care — Humboldt has many rewarding volunteer jobs, including one-on-one visits, helping with activities such as baking or crafts, or performing music. Volunteers help make Cerenity Senior Care–Humboldt feel like home. Please consider volunteering once a week, once a month or on occasion. Staff will help match your skills, interests and schedule. Located on the West Side of St. Paul, the Cerenity Residence at 514 Humboldt provides assisted living, memory care and transitional care, and the Cerenity Care Center at 512 Humboldt provides skilled nursing care. To discuss these possibilities call 651-220-1725 or e-mail HumboldtVolunteer@bhshealth.org.



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