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Yes, the first paramedics in the U.S. were Black men

Updated: Feb 23

The Freedom House Ambulance Service, staffed by Black paramedics in Pittsburgh, was the first ambulance service to offer emergency medical treatment in the U.S.

A paramedic is a healthcare professional who is trained to give emergency medical care to people who are injured or ill, typically as they are transported to the hospital.

A group of brave Black men in Pittsburgh and a pioneering White physician changed that.

Freedom House Ambulance Service was the first emergency medical service in the United States to be staffed by paramedics with medical training beyond basic first aid in 1967




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