The paramedic program as we know it has been around since the early 1970s. Many things have changed since the first handful of students attended the initial paramedic training class offered by the County of Los Angeles.

Since then, thousands of students have been trained by the three paramedic schools located here in the Los Angeles area. The first is the Paramedic Training Institute (PTI), which is operated by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and is located in the city of Commerce. The second school is the Daniel Freeman Paramedic Education Program, operated by UCLA and located in the city of Inglewood (now the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA). The third school, located at the eastern edge of Los Angeles County in the city of Walnut, is Mt. San Antonio College.

In today’s day and age, delivery of emergency medical services comes in many forms. It may come from a municipal or private fire department, local police agency or sheriff’s department, private ambulance service, lifeguard or other provider. Delivery comes 24/7, 365 days a year – on the ground, in the air and on the water.