i was part of the first city and county of honolulu emt recruit class that started in july of 2008.
we started with 21
16 are still on the road
and 4 of those 16 are currently in paramedic school
the second recruit class had more disastrous stats. they started with like 25 and graduated 14. they're one on one now working as primary crew.
I was part of the 'first' EMT recruit class in 1991, when they realized most of the MICT's (Paramedics) who had started in the early 70's would soon be retiring. We started with about 20; a few dropped out due to family or health reasons, but the rest graduated. There were high requirements because most of us were enrolled in work study under a multi-level plan to have the City & County of Honolulu pay all expenses and pay us wages during the 2 yrs of study in exchange for a 5 yr total commitment. It was a great deal.