courtesy: Quention Curtis

Young People Take EMT Classes, Thanks To Black Firefighters

August 14, 2018 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago's Black Fire Brigade -- a group of African American firefighters -- raised the money to pay for 30 young black men and women to begin EMT training. 

Monday was Day One.

"People don't understand because everybody always talks about what young people don't want to do. And I say, 'That's not true. Give them a chance. Give them an opportunity,’” said Chicago Fire Department Lt. Quention Curtis.

Participants are from neighborhoods known as the “inner city” where violence can erupt, Curtis said.

"Giving them this knowledge base, it allows them to handle gunshot victims, to handle choking victims, to handle cardiac arrests,” Curtis said.

After the 90-day program, the entire class has EMT jobs waiting for them.