Kennewick Fire Department Adds 2 New Firefighter Paramedics
The Kennewick Fire Department, (KFD), will put two new paramedics on the streets of Kennewick. AJ Fandrich and Garrett Todd will join the ranks of the existing 25 paramedics and 50 Emergency Medical Technicians, (EMT's), that serve the citizens of Kennewick.
The two new firefighter paramedics have just completed 12 weeks of rigorous firefighter training at the North Bend Fire Academy. They will now spend the next three years working through firefighter apprenticeship training as well as becoming accustomed to the protocols of the Benton Franklin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). All of KFD's paramedics are dual trained as firefighters, so that they can provide high level EMS care as well as respond to fire and rescue emergencies.
Both Fandrich and Todd, bring with them years of experience from other agencies in the state of Washington and the state of California, respectively.
The Kennewick Fire Department puts all of its new hires through a rigorous screening process, to ensure the most highly qualified and professional employees are given the responsibility of responding to and treating Kennewick's sick and injured. EMS accounts for 76% of their 8,000 calls for service every year.