EMT recruits graduate from paid, 6-week program


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Midstate EMS company is flipping the script and paying you to become a certified first responder during a six-week intensive course.

Seven new EMTs graduated Wednesday from the Susquehanna Valley EMS recruit academy – the first ones to do so – and they will now serve York and Lancaster counties.

Many of the recruits quit full-time jobs to take on the challenge of becoming an EMT.

“It was a job just to go to my job, so I wanted to do something that I loved and something that I knew would be exciting and rewarding,” said Katelyn Cain, of York.

Susquehanna Valley EMS representatives said many of their applicants saw ABC27’s report on the new program in January when the call was put out to apply.

Paying people attracts quality candidates to a job that is in high demand across the country, EMS director of education Rob Walker said. 

“We’re gonna invest in you, pay for you to go to school, pay for you to get these skills, and then at the end come and work for us. We’ve got a guaranteed job for you,” Walker said. 

Normal EMT training takes about six months, doing it part-time just a few hours per week. This course, is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., five days a week.

You can reach out to Susquehanna Valley EMS directly or visit their website for more information.

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