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Ambulance company offers free EMT training due to need in community

The 12-person course starts in February. Potential applicants should attend an open interview on Feb. 2.
Credit: Priority Ambulance

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — An ambulance company is offering the chance to become an emergency medical technician for free.

Priority Ambulance said in a press release that the region needs more EMTs -- which is why it's trying to remove the barriers that keep people from receiving the necessary training. 

The company said it's now accepting applications for an EMT-Basic course beginning in February with free tuition, certification and testing. The course has room for 12 people, but a spokesperson said it'll be offered multiple times this year.

 A spokesperson said the company is also offering a training wage and full benefits package as a full-time employee during classroom hours throughout the course. The course is offered with a two-year employment commitment. 

The course is offered in partnership with Roane State Community College's continuing education program. Instruction is provided by Priority Ambulance EMS educators. 

The company is holding open interviews/interest meetings on Thursday, January 30 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m. to learn more about the course and a career in EMS. Applicants must attend at least one meeting.

Both meetings are at the company's offices at 910 Callahan Drive in Knoxville.

The application is available online.

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