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Nearly 1 in 4 Compton firefighters is working without an EMT permit
Nearly 1 in 4 Compton firefighters is working without an EMT permit

Nearly one in four Compton firefighters is working without a permit to perform emergency medical care, a key credential required by other local fire agencies, a Times investigation has found. Out of 74 firefighters at the Compton Fire Department, 17 lack a valid emergency medical technician, or EMT, card, according to city records obtained via the California Public Records Act. That amounts to 23% of the agency’s rank and file.  Top officials are scrambling to certify rescuers who lost their permits in recent years, according to Fire Chief Jon Thompson.  “It’s something that never happened before and it’ll never happen again,” Thompson said....

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