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Livonia High to offer EMT course

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, April 16 2015 Apr 16, 2015 April 16, 2015 4:23 PM April 16, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

POINTE COUPEE - Acadian Ambulance is partnering with Livonia High School to offer EMT classes to students in the fall.

Acadian says they hope the learning opportunity will encourage more students to go into the field of emergency services and paramedics.

"(We're) trying to look at other resources such as the high school students to provide this training for them," said Justin Cox, Operations Manager for Acadian Ambulance.

According to the Lafayette based ambulance services company, there's a shortage of EMTs across the nation, and Acadian is hoping students at Livonia High will help increase those numbers.

The school is going to offer the training as an elective course to seniors this coming school year.

Once the students complete the course and graduate high school, they will have the option of taking the National Registry Exam. Should they pass the exam, they will be a certified EMT.

"I can come straight out of high school and I can attend the academy and get straight to the money," said Antonio Taylor, a student at the school.

Acadian is hoping it will foster enough interest to be able to have the course offered next year as well.

"This year we're going to make sure that this is a success for the public, (the) public school system and the students and hopefully we can generate more interest next year," said Cox.


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