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New LI program pays students while they train to become certified EMTs

New LI program pays students while they train to become certified EMTs
A new program on Long Island aims to address a shortage of emergency medical technicians by paying students while they train to become professional EMTs. The Earn While You Learn program was started i

"It’s a great program for someone who’s in another job and can’t leave their job because they need the income," Leibowitz said." Leibowitz said the program was created as a pipeline for the company which has been desperately looking to hire EMTs.The Earn While You Learn program was started in 2018 by Global Medical Response, a Colorado-based medical transportation company.Last week, the first Long Island-based class of Earn While You Learn graduated.

The program has already graduated more than 500 EMTs across the country, said Dan Leibowitz, president and CEO of Hunter EMS in Bay Shore, which is owned by Global Medical Response."I feel like it will broaden my knowledge so that I can not only help other people but those close to my heart," he said.

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