By Brian Lee on September 2, 2020


WORCESTER – Amid a national shortage of emergency medical technicians, the region’s leading private ambulance service announced Wednesday it will pay 25 residents to train for 12 weeks as full-time EMTs, and pay their test-taking fees.

Through a program called Earn While You Learn, the selected applicants will be hired to attend a full-time EMT training program, through which the trainee will have an opportunity to become certified at the state level, then work on an ambulance at Vital EMS in Worcester, said Patrick Pickering, northeast regional director of American Medical Response, the parent company of Vital EMS. Worcester residents will be given priority.

During a press event at City Hall, Pickering said Vital EMS had partnered on the initiative with Mayor Joseph Petty, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Timothy P. Murray, president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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