CLIFTON PARK, NY, July 20, 2017 --- Saratoga County Emergency Medical Services Council, in partnership with Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps. (CPHM EMS), is offering a free Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course and professional development for US Military Veterans.
This EMT course will be completely free to US Military Veterans and will be taught by Saratoga County EMS instructors who are Paramedics and EMTs, most of who are also military veterans themselves.
This is the second time that the course is being offered. The inaugural course was offered in the Fall of 2015 with a full roster of students.
The Veteran EMT course will also include professional development such as; support and counseling referrals, access to local Veteran focused resources, as well as career consulting including resume building and interview preparation. It is the ultimate aim of the instructors to prepare these students for every aspect of a career in emergency medicine while also enhancing their personal growth.
EMT Course Details:
- This 6 month course will begin on September 19th at Clifton Park Halfmoon EMS in Clifton Park. Class will meet Tuesday and Thursday nights through March of 2018.
- Classes will be taught by EMS professionals, who are also military veterans.
- Curriculum will follow the New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS certification program.
- Applicants must have completed their initial obligation and submit an application with a DD-214 form.
- The course will also include professional development such as; support and counseling referrals, as well as career consulting including resume building and interview preparation
- Students will have access to Veteran employment resources such as the Veteran’s Business Council of the Saratoga County Chamber
Course alumni, and United States Marine Corps Sergeant Pierre Brown said, “Learning in this environment, with our shared military service, has given me a comfort that I wouldn't feel elsewhere. I'm driven to succeed [in the EMS field] because I haven't felt such a strong sense of purpose since leaving the military.”
The Saratoga County EMS Council will host this course at the CPHM EMS facility located at 15 Crossing Blvd. in Clifton Park, NY, and the curriculum will follow the New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS certification program. The class will meet 2 nights a week for 5 months.
In order to participate in the program, applicants must have served in a military combat zone, or completed initial obligation. Applicants must also attend the information session and submit an application with an accompanying DD-214 form.
“Becoming an EMT can give vets an opportunity at meaningful employment. You feel like you are making a difference, like you did while in service.” says Russell Coonradt, Navy Corpsman, Petty Officer Second Class as well as an EMT and Course Instructor Coordinator.
For more course information, please contact: Russell Coonradt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for the class is at the Saratoga County EMS Council web site at www.saratogaems.org/register.