By Mara H. Gottfried
The St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A former St. Paul firehouse that's now home to the EMS Academy, which trains low-income youth, received a new name on Monday, April 16: Freedom House.
It's a reference to Freedom House in Pittsburgh, "a program to train unemployed and underemployed black men and women as medical technicians" that started in 1967, according to a website for a documentary. They became the first paramedics in the country — "providing advanced-life support as we know it now" instead of only transporting them to the hospital, said Dave Page, lead instructor for the EMS Academy.
St. Paul ex-firehouse rechristened, trains EMTs