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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thursday morning,Paramedic Recruit Class 22R had its graduation at the DC Fire and EMSTraining Academy in Southwest D.C.

We're told the nine paramedics are the "first class of single-role providers to join the ranks of the Department in nearly a decade." The D.C. Department of Human Resourcesdecided inApril to allowhiring ofsingle-role providers through September 2014.

Mayor Vincent Gray offered remarks at the graduation ceremony.