Its #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM

In the 1970s in Pittsburgh,
there was an important development relevant to both Black History & Paramedic History,
back then it was unusual for any care to be given en route to hospital, with most ambulances simply acting to transport patients,
But the Freedom House Ambulance was bucking this trend,
They were crewing their ambulances with Emergency Medical Technicians,
Trained in life saving interventions and techniques...
Not only that,
Freedom House was recruiting from Pittsburgh's inner-city neighbourhoods,
staffing all their vehicles with African-American EMTs, many from disadvantaged background, many lacking a High School Diploma...
#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2021…
Freedom House Ambulance Service ran from 1967 to 1975 and their paramedics saved hundreds of lives

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #BHM2021
4/8 Two Freedom House Paramedics demonstrating life saving equip
These Freedom House Paramedics rapidly gained the respect of other emergency workers:
"Police recognized the superior skill and adeptness of the Freedom House paramedics [&] routinely requested Freedom House personnel during high acuity cases"
These Freedom House clinicians were so well thought of, that their training became the blueprint for national paramedic training across the USA!...
#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
#BlackHistoryMonth2021 #Paramedic #Ambulance Freedom House Paramedics demonstrating life-saving technique
However, despite its success, the Freedom House Paramedics were forced to stop responding in 1975 after its funding was slashed.
The city instead launched its own (predominantly caucasian) ambulance service....
Don't let these pioneers of prehospital care be forgotten....
Maybe you're a pioneer of the future?

Check out this great recruitment guide from @NatAmbBME…
#Paramedic #EMT #Ambulance #Career #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryMonth2021


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