Open Enrollment For EMT & Paramedic Training in Lake Charles
Emergency workers are in high demand in Louisiana and across the country, because there is a nationwide shortage. If you are considering taking classes to become an EMT or paramedic, when you reach the end of the 10-week program, you would be the equivalent of a #1 Draft Pick. Everyone is going to want to hire you!
A First Responder career is also a noble profession, giving you an opportunity to provide life-saving help to the people in your community. In addition, the EMS profession is a vital industry and recruiting is in overdrive. Enrollment is underway and the National EMS Academy has six campuses in Louisiana.
So, no matter where you live in the state there is a training opportunity nearby you! If you're interested in beginning a career in EMS, enroll now. Attend classes in person, learn online, take refresher courses to renew your certification, or sign up for other continuing education classes.
The National EMS Academy is working hard to recruit EMTs and paramedics to help put a stop to the national shortage. The turnover rate for full-time EMTs is 36% according to the American Ambulance Association. The turnover rate for full-time paramedics is 27%.
When someone calls 911 for an emergency, EMTs, and paramedics are often some of the first to respond. According to Vincent, “The strain is felt across the nation right now." He added. “Our employees are working extra shifts, extra time away from their families that feel that strain and we would love to be able to take that burden off of them.”
Billy Vincent, a Paramedic Field Supervisor in SWLA and explained that these classes are beneficial and will help anyone who might want to work in any part of health care. “The strain is felt across the nation right now,” Vincent continued. “Our employees are working extra shifts, extra time away from their families that feel that strain and we would love to be able to take that burden off of them.”
Regional Education Coordinator Chris Bearb said the course is about 10 weeks long, with one additional week for students to take their certification test. Bearb said there are six EMTs and they start every 8 weeks.