By BRICEYDA LANDAVERDE on January 17, 2021

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — As the coronavirus pandemic continues and the country faces an EMT shortage, the American Medical Response (AMR) of Springfield is looking to hire a new class of EMTs.

“We’re looking to expand that and invite those in the community who’ve always wanted to become EMTs, who maybe haven’t had the opportunity,” EMT and Paramedics Program Director Emily Chandler said.

AMR of Springfield, in collaboration with the city, is looking for the next class of emergency medical technicians.

The program Earn While You Learn was designed to compensate individuals part-time while they train to become EMTs.

“We pay folks to sit in class, we pay for all costs associated with the EMT program, including books, exams, certification fees, so that they can become an EMT for the city of Springfield,” Chandler explained.

This comes as the nation faces a shortage of EMTs.

“It’s not something new, but we have certainly felt it with the pandemic,” Chandler said.


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