FDNY graduates 62 paramedics early to help fight coronavirus

FDNY paramedics graduate early

The FDNY is graduating 62 paramedics early because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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NEW YORK — The FDNY is graduating 62 paramedics early so they can join the city’s fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

Early graduate Giannella Robalino said although their training was cut short, the FDNY EMS Academy was “rigorous and intense” and their instructors were “phenomenal.”

“Their support is what helped us get through, because it isn’t easy and this program requires a lot of reading, studying, practicing and testing,” Robalino said. “We’re heading out to the streets now to do what we have to do, to be great medics, and do all that we can to help our brothers and sisters out here on the front lines. It’s scary, but this is our job and we have to help take care of New York City.”

The paramedics are beginning their careers without a traditional graduation ceremony.

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