There is a national shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics and an even greater shortage of minorities who choose emergency medical services as a profession. This is a statistic that Rural/Metro Ambulance wants to change.
For the last six years, Rural/Metro has offered a scholarship program for Tennessee minority high school seniors who are interested in furthering their education to become an EMT or paramedic.
Students who receive a scholarship will attend an EMT school in Shelby County. After completing the two-year program, successful students will then be ready to take the national test to receive their EMT license.
"This is a great opportunity for minority high school seniors who are interested in a field where they have an opportunity to help others and make a difference in someone's life," said Nikki Gast, Rural/Metro's market general manager.
Students who want to apply for the EMT/Paramedic Scholarship must submit an essay of 500 words or less answering this question: Why I want to enter the field of Emergency Medical Services?
The deadline to submit an essay is May 8, 2013.
Students will be judged on dedication, communication and a desire to become an EMT or paramedic. Finalists will be interviewed by a panel of local EMS professionals, hospital leaders, and local community advocates.
"Working as an EMT or paramedic is more than responding to 911 calls and moving a patient from one place to another. It's about helping others as well during non-emergency runs," Gast said.
Rural Metro Ambulance is the 911 emergency provider for the unincorporated areas of Shelby County, as well as Arlington, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington.