Rural/Metro Ambulance, which serves the East County with emergency medical service needs, recently announced the hiring of 20 emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The new hire class underwent a one-week orientation, and received badges at a recent ceremony. Rural/Metro serves San Diego County with more than 400 paramedics and EMTs on a daily basis. Rural/Metro said it will be hiring again for emergency medical technicians before the end of the year. It currently employs more than 550 employees, serves San Diego with a fleet of 80 ambulances and responds to more than 100,000 emergency calls per year.