EMT scholarships available

Staff report

GREENVILLE — Spirit Medical Transport LLC has announced scholarship opportunities for those interested in becoming emergency medical technicians.

Through March 7, Spirit will accept scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an EMT and working full-time for Spirit once they’ve successfully completed their classes, passed their national EMT test and completed field training. The scholarship involves a two-year full-time employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made online www.spiritmedicaltransport.com or by emailing [email protected]

After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed by a member of the Spirit human resources department. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place March 13 and 14 in the Greenville office. Orientation night for successful applicants will be at March 16. Successful candidates are paid while attending classes.

The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport LLC and Four County Career Center, based in Archbold. Classes will be in Spirit’s Greenville office, five days a week from April 3 through May 24. For those not living in the Greenville area, transportation options to and/or from class are also being made available.

“There’s a growing need for well-qualified EMTs in the areas we serve,” said Spirit President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “Our EMT scholarships provide people the opportunity to help people in need, while allowing you the opportunity to give back to your community.”

Company officials graduated 14 EMTs from their first class in November. There are currently 11 students attending EMT class, which concludes in late March. Now, with 15 additional scholarships available for the April class, Spirit hopes to engage people of all ages to pursue the career of their dreams.

“If you aren’t sure this is a field you want to get into, feel free to call us or stop in so we can share more about what all we do as healthcare providers,” said Spirit Vice President Aaron Guthrie. “In some cases, we’ve afforded those who weren’t sure this was the right career path the opportunity to shadow one of our crews for a day.”

The additional EMTs will not only enable the company to serve the ever-growing need for ambulance services, but it will also allow them to have sufficient staffing to further the education of its work force.

“We are focused on making Spirit Medical Transport a place where people come to work, learn and grow in their EMS career,” Hathaway said. “In the months to come, we plan to provide our longevity EMTs the opportunity to advance their skills and enroll in a company-sponsored paramedic scholarship program.”

With offices in Greenville, Celina, Sidney and Van Wert, Ohio, and Liberty, Indiana, Hathaway said the scholarship is open to people who live near their respective service areas.

“As a company, we are pleased to open the doors of opportunity to those individuals who are in pursuit of a rewarding career and have a passion to serve people during some of the roughest days of their lives. It’s so exciting to enable personal growth and career success to those who want to join us and our commitment to serve the community,” Hathaway said.

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