Local EMT Recognized for 20 Years of Service
Leo J. Graves Jr., a District Fire Chief with the City of Gonzales Fire Department was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered EMT. This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.
To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Graves completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Technicians in America. He not only completed courses to refresh his fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
By maintaining his Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Graves is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.
Graves was Nationally Registered as a Basic in 1990 and has been serving the Gonzales Community since 1980. Prior to this position, Graves worked for the City of Gonzales Police Department.
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.