Co-STARS are awarded to outstanding teams of employees.

Tammy Dickinson (Community Planning and Economic Development), Krista Guzman (HR), Amber Lage (Fire), Erica Prosser (Fire), Melanie Rucker (Fire), and Bryan Tyner (Fire)

Asst. Fire Chief of Administration Bryan Tyner nominated the team for creating pathways to careers in emergency medical services (EMS) and the Fire Department for City residents, minorities and others who might not normally have exposure to these fields or an opportunity to pursue them:

“The team took the idea for the program and worked through myriad issues to make the EMS Pathways Academy a reality. Featured in the broadcast news media and newspapers, the program is considered to be highly successful and has shed a good light on the City.

“The EMS Pathways Academy consisted of a 12-week paid program during which participants studied coursework to obtain their basic emergency medical technician certification. The history of similar programs in other municipalities led to predictions of a 50-60 percent completion rate. The MFD EMS Pathways Academy graduated 23 out of 28 participants in August for an 82 percent completion rate.

“Already four of the graduates have moved on to become fire cadets with the Fire Department. Three were granted full scholarships to continue their education to become paramedics through Hennepin County Medical Center’s EMS Education. Two were hired by the Hennepin County Medical Center to be EMS dispatchers and six others have obtained EMT positions at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Fire Department anticipates hiring four to six additional graduates in the next cadet class.

“Without the work, cooperation and dedication of this team comprised of employees in the Fire Department, Human Resources and CPED, this initiative would never have gotten off the ground … The effort also required partnerships with the Minneapolis Foundation, Hennepin County Medical Center’s EMS Education, and Project for Pride in Living. Dickinson, Lage and Prosser were instrumental in helping identify and cement those partnerships. Guzman, Rucker and Tyner were instrumental in developing the recruitment, application and screening processes that resulted in an excellent candidate pool.”

Published Feb 22, 2017



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