Keeping with the tradition of being first, Citrus began one of the first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs in the San Gabriel Valley in 1971, under the direction of one of the first ten Los Angeles County mobile intensive care nurses (MICN), Mrs. Marilyn Collins, BSN, MICN, MHA. During Mrs. Collins tenure, firefighters and private provider agencies throughout the San Gabriel Valley were trained as EMTs delivering emergency care to the sick and injured under emergency conditions.
Currently, the program is under the direction of a very capable and competent EMS professional, Cliff Hadsell, Paramedic, Ph.D. Dr. Hadsell, has been teaching at Citrus for over 21 years. He is a UCLA-Daniel Freeman graduate and has worked in every capacity in EMS Fire: EMT, paramedic, firefighter/paramedic/captain, battalion chief, and division chief both in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Dr. Hadsell currently serves on many Los Angeles County advisory boards, including the Los Angeles County Investigative Review Panel (IRP) and educational task force for both EMT and Paramedic schools. He has instructed many paramedic students over his career and he is committed to a student's success. Dr. Hadsell personally believes that every patient must be treated as a family member, whatever the circumstance, "In EMS, we must be NON-judgmental." Lastly, Dr. Hadsell was contracted in 1994 to develop and publish the California Department of Education (DOE) performance standards for EMT that still stand today.