Program will pay people to become EMTs in Ohio city

American Medical Response’s “earn while you learn” academies aim to address an EMT shortage and compensate trainees for lost work time

Yesterday at 9:24 AM by Cornelius Frolik via Dayton Daily News, Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio — A new initiative seeks to combat a shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) across the region by paying job candidates as they go through the training process and become certified.

Many people cannot afford to forgo a paycheck while putting themselves through EMT training, said John Robben, American Medical Response’s regional director of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

But AMR, a national medical transportation company, is offering to pay people who participate in its first new class in Dayton, expected to begin Jan. 24 of next year.

There are 20 slots open for the first class, and AMR expects to hire about 50 EMTs in the Dayton area next year, Robben said.

“In Dayton, we are looking for good candidates to train today to save a life tomorrow, and we want to pay you to do it,” he said.

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