EmergyCare announced it will launch a distance learning program in January in both Warren and Meadville.
In September, EmergyCare was awarded the Federal Rural EMS Training grant through the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse, Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) for the Northwest PA Rural EMS training program.
This grant was established in the Supporting and Improving Rural Emergency Services In Need (SIREN) Act of 2018.
The purpose of the grant program is to recruit and train emergency medical services personnel in rural areas.
The grant provided EmergyCare with funds to purchase the technology needed to develop the necessary infrastructure for a quality distance learning program, as well as additional EMS equipment to offer the classes simultaneously with classes being offered at the EmergyCare headquarters in Erie.
In January, EmergyCare will begin to offer emergency medical technician and advanced emergency medical technician courses in warn at the EmergyCare Warren Division Training Center, located at 12 South Street in Warren, as well in Meadville at EMMCO West located at 16271 Conneaut Lake Rd.
“Over the past few years, EmergyCare has offered an EMT training program in Warren, but had to cancel due to lack of the minimum number of participants. With this new technology EmergyCare is able to bring quality training to warn and Meadville utilizing distance learning in a classroom setting with hands on lab instruction at all site locations, at a reasonable cost to the participant,” said Jim Kifer, Education and Training Manager For EmergyCare.
Registration is currently open and can be accessed at www.emergycare.org.