Indy EMS pays to train Hoosiers to become EMTs

INDIANAPOLIS — A shortage of paramedics is prompting Indianapolis emergency medical services to get creative.

IEMS is launching a new program that will quickly train Hoosiers to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). These students will be paid during the process.

“We’re looking to hire people with no prior experience who are just willing to do it, and we’ll pay them full-time and get paid from day one,” said Brian Van Bokkelen of Indy EMS.

The 10-week course is five days a week, resulting in an EMT certification. After six months of work, Indy EMS will pay for their paramedic training.

Van Bokkelen said paramedic jobs typically start around $50,000 a year. Typically, EMT courses run on 120 class hours.

Often people take classes at a slower pace while working at another job. This new program will now pay trainees $18 per hour when training begins. Students will also be entitled to benefits including tuition reimbursement.

“It’s not uncommon for people to go to EMT, paramedic, nursing and medical school. They don’t have to pay a penny out of pocket for this,” Van Bokkelen said.

The EMT Intern Program is open to anyone over the age of 18 with a high school diploma or equivalent education. Applications for the program are due by July 18 and classes will begin on August 22.

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