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The new initiative will make it much easier to become an EMT, Robben said, and candidates selected for the program are immediately hired as employees and are compensated as they attend AMR’s EMT basic certification course.
After completing the program and obtaining state certification, participants are promoted to EMT basic positions, which come with a pay increase, benefits and a retirement plan, Robben said.
“A person no longer must choose between earning a living and becoming an EMT,” he said. “You can do both.”
AMR employs about 134 workers in the Dayton region. AMR’s training course takes four to six weeks.
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AMR has created “earn while you learn” EMT academies that pay participants as they go through accredited courses and become certified professionals, said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
The initiative has earned national recognition, graduated more than 100 students in another program in Buffalo, New York, and recently launched in one other community in Massachusetts, Whaley said.
AMR’s program will eliminate some of the financial burdens of becoming a licensed EMT at a time when there is a shortage of workers in the field, Whaley said.
“This program will support the Dayton community by creating innovative job growth and career opportunities for first responders,” Whaley said. “We want to get the word out about this great opportunity for our workforce.”
The Dayton Fire Department responds to 911 calls in the city of Dayton, and most surrounding communities handle their own 911 emergency calls for medical services.
In this region, AMR primarily provides inter-facility patient transports between hospitals and medical providers. Premier Health contracts with AMR for these services.
Interested applicants can visit the AMR website at www.amr.net and select the Dayton, Ohio, Careers Section. They also text EMSJOBS to 97211.