Two Cheyenne Fire & Rescue firefighters graduated from the Laramie County Community College Paramedic Program on December 10.

Ryan Hammack and Dane Olsen took the year-long class that teaches firefighters how to operate at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level.

"We are really proud of them," said Chief Jim Martin. "They're young and up and coming in the department and this dedication from them to take this course to get that designation is huge."

Cheyenne Fire & Rescue has been offering ALS/paramedic service to the Cheyenne community for more than ten years.

"We carry the same medications and drugs and a lot of the same equipment that the ambulances carry," said Martin. "Usually when we arrive first on scene we can start the advanced care right away."

In 2015, Cheyenne Fire & Rescue responded to 6,657 rescue/EMS calls.