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REACH Rescue EMT Program

REACH Rescue EMT Program is a workforce development program that prepares underserved, low-income 18-24 year old young adults of color to enter into the “emergency management technician” (EMT) field and to develop a fire-fighting or health-related career pathway. The goal of the program is to decrease cultural disparities in Alameda County’s EMS-related career fields and increase diversity in the health professions through advanced training, wrap-around support services, and access to employment.

In 2014, Soulciety partnered with BAY EMT to launch the pilot program at REACH Ashland Youth Center in San Leandro, CA. BAY EMT is a non-profit organization that provides EMS vocational training at no cost to its program participants, with the goal of increasing diversity in the first responder profession. The Alameda County EMS agency and the State Fire Marshal accredit the EMT and Fire Technology programs. Since BAY EMT‘s inception in 2002, they have provided 200 young adults throughout the Bay Area with training and support to become self-sufficient and to make a livable wage through an EMT-related career. This unique partnership between Soulciety and BAY EMT ensures that engaged participants benefit from a high-quality workforce development program steeped in case management support and academic tutoring to assist participants in completing the program, passing the National Registry EMT (NREMT) exam and advancing to an EMS-related career.

Recruiting Orientation invites will only be issued to those who apply.

For more information, please go to our Contact Us page and fill out the form with the subject “REACH Rescue EMT Program”.


  • Since the start of the EMT program in the Fall of 2014, 29 young adults have graduated from the program and 11 have passed the National Registry EMT exam which certifies them to become official EMT’s.


  • The 3rd REACH Rescue EMT Program Cohort will be starting soon

  • REACH Rescue EMT Training Program