In an effort to recruit community members to the EMS Industry, EmergyCare has announced the return of its Summer EMT Academy. 

According to EmergyCare, for the past few years, there has been a staffing crisis in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across the United States, and Erie is no exception. 

The academy will begin on July 2 and will run through September 26, 2024. 

The summer program aims to recruit 15 individuals to enroll and make them job-ready upon completion. Program organizers said the program combines part-time employment at EmergyCare with EMT training. 

The Academy will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Those interested in joining the program should apply online. Individuals that meet the qualifications will be invited for an interview and will be asked to complete an independently evaluated pre-employment assessment. 

"Emergency Medical Services is the cornerstone of public safety. EMS providers are challenged with saving lives in a dynamic environment, dealing with various acute situations ranging from heart attacks to traumatic injuries. It is crucial that we recruit individuals who have the passion and commitment to care for people. A program such as EmergyCare's EMT Academy provides a career path for individuals with the drive to help others," said David Basnak, Executive Director at EmergyCare.