By  Ariana Tourangeau on July 28, 2020



SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno addressed the graduating class of American Medical Response of Springfield’s newly certified EMT candidates Tuesday morning.

The candidates are a part of the Earn While You Learn program which first started in August of 2019 and is designed to make an easier transition for those wanting to become emergency medical professionals. Participants are hired as employees and compensated while attending AMR’s EMT basic certification course.

22News spoke to the program director about how COVID-19 changes the way they teach.

“It’s a lot of medical knowledge, a typical program is about 12 weeks long. If COVID hadn’t happened, this one would have been about 10 weeks long. Because of COVID we had to push things online, so it extended it to about 15 weeks just so we could do all the practical skills but they did a great job,” said Emily Chandler, AMR Program Director and Instructor.


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