Accelerated EMT class in Florence

on Monday, 12 September 2022. Posted in Local News

     Guardian Ambulance is offering the opportunity to become an EMT for free in just 14 weeks. The company is now accepting applications for an EMT-Basic course with free tuition, certification and testing provided by Florence-Darlington Technical College. 
     Classroom instruction will be held at the college, and students will complete clinical and shift ride-alongs at Guardian Ambulance on its 911 and inter-facility ambulances. 
     Course work will begin Sept. 19 and continue for 14 weeks. Those accepted into the course will be fully trained and onboarded to begin working on a Guardian ambulance upon passing the National Registry exam. The course is offered with a two-year employment commitment. 
     The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System. Guardian Ambulance will provide students with a training wage and full benefits throughout the course with a two-year employment commitment.
     “The demand for dedicated students who are ready to begin their careers in EMS has never been greater, particularly in rural areas where health-care staffing and access has become increasingly challenging,” said Jason Herring, Guardian Ambulance operations manager. “By providing a free class and immediate full-time employment to complete training on an accelerated timeline, we hope to remove any financial barriers for local people interested in serving their community as an EMT. EMT National Registry certification is the first step in what we hope will be a long and promising career in a growing industry.”
      Upon passing the certification exam, EMTs will be ready to work on an ambulance earning up to $33,000 a year, with room to grow up to $45,000 with additional shift-friendly, sponsored paramedic certification. 
      The company plans to offer this course on a regular schedule in the future. Applicants not accepted into this program will have the opportunity to put their application forward for future classes.
      To apply, fill out an application at  by Sept. 16. Qualified applicants will receive instructions to take an aptitude test provided by FDTC. Thereafter, hiring managers will follow up to schedule an interview. 
       Guardian Ambulance provides medical transportation services to patients, hospitals and health-care facility customers in central and eastern South Carolina, including the communities of Florence, Columbia, Dillon and Clarendon. Guardian Ambulance is a member of the Priority Ambulance national family of companies.
      For more information, visit com.