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Scholarships available for future EMTs

Jacob Cain of Greenville is just one of more than 70 people from the local area who have benefited from Spirit s EMT scholarship programs. Cain was recently named the valedictorian of Spirit s first company sponsored paramedic class. Cain started his EMS career by taking classes as a high school senior and obtaining his EMT certification the summer following graduation.
Jacob Cain of Greenville is just one of more than 70 people from the local area who have benefited from Spirit s EMT scholarship programs. Cain was recently named the valedictorian of Spirit s first company sponsored paramedic class. Cain started his EMS career by taking classes as a high school senior and obtaining his EMT certification the summer following graduation.

Spirit Medical Transport LLC is seeking to combat a national shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) by offering scholarships for those who are interested in becoming certified.

Spirit has invested more than $550,000 to educate people to become EMTs or paramedics, and has offered employment opportunities with Spirit.

Spirit is among a growing number of local organizations offering the opportunity to go to school and gain a job after in the EMT field.

Both Kettering Health Network and American Medical Response offer scholarships and assistance for people to go through training.

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.

AMR and Spirit typically provide inter-facility patient transports between hospitals and medical providers.

The EMT training offered by Spirit is a partnership with Four County Career Center in Archbold.

The courses are five days a week typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting in February and going through April. Applications are due by January 24.

The classes are adaptive to various learning styles and include trips to a cadaver lab, an emergency vehicle operations course, a class with Chief Medicolegal Death Investigator Joe Van Vickle of the Darke County Coroner’s Office regarding “CSI Files of Darke County;” and lessons on the basics of customer service in EMS.

Spirit recently had seven students graduate and currently has seven others in advanced EMT classes.

The application can be found on Spirit’s website, www.spiritmedicaltransport.com or by emailing their Director of Human Resources and Regulatory Compliance Ted Bruner at tbruner@spiritmedicaltransport.com.

An interview process will begin by the Human Resources Department followed by panel interviews for finalists the week of January 19 at the Spirit office.

Once students successfully complete their class, pass the national EMT test and complete field training, they are able to work for Spirit full time. Students are also paid while attending classes.

The company offers scholarships to those that live within areas they operate out of such as Greenville, Sidney, Celina and Van Wert in Ohio. They also have a location in Liberty, Indiana, as well.

Transportation is provided to students who receive the scholarship so they can be able to attend the courses.