AMR Launches Paid EMT Training Program in Grand Rapids (MI)

first_imgLt. Gov. Gilchrist, who taped a message for the incoming class, said: “As we strengthen our national resolve in the face of continuing record COVID-19 cases, the demand for healthcare professionals remains at an all-time high. AMR’s Earn While You Learn program is an equitable, innovative solution to this problem, filling these critical positions and allowing some economic relief in the process.” This comprehensive program is an exciting opportunity for Grand Rapids residents who want to begin a rewarding career in emergency medical services and get paid as they train to become EMTs. Upon successful completion of the program and obtaining their state certification, participants are promoted to EMT-B with a commensurate pay rate increase. At a time of unprecedented public health and economic challenges during the COVID pandemic, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Reps. David LaGrand and Rachel Hood and Mayor Rosalynn Bliss joined American Medical Response (AMR) to kick off the “Earn While You Learn” initiative, which allows trainees to be full-time employees while taking the necessary certification courses to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Since launching the “Earn While You Learn Program” in 2018, AMR has graduated more than 350 EMS professionals. The program has made a career in emergency medical services more accessible, ensuring that a candidate is financially stable while training.center_img Photo/American Medical Response “Earn While You Learn” received a national honor from the American Ambulance Association in the best Employee Programs Category. Similar programs have also been launched in Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.last_img read more

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Primary school hit hard by burglaries

first_img The ceilings of classrooms ripped out during burglaries. 1 of 2 Heavy rains caused flooding in the classrooms.center_img Heavy rains caused flooding in the classrooms. Burglars preying on a Hanover Park school have caused thousands of rand in damage that could set back teaching.Parkfields Primary School has more than 870 pupils, many of them coming from homes hit hard by poverty and other social ills. In the past three months, it has had five break-ins, and yet police say the school is not in a crime hot spot.According to deputy principal Gail Wyngaard, the first two burglaries took place on Sunday June 21 and Monday June 22. Newly fitted lights were stolen from two classrooms and ceiling boards badly damaged. The intruders cut the locks on the junior and senior boys’ toilets, where they broke the basins and pulled out taps and pipes. The pupils can no longer use the facilities. To add to the school’s misery, strong winds tore the roofs off four classrooms over the stormy July 11 and 12 weekend. Then the burglars struck again on Wednesday July 15, Sunday July 26 and Tuesday August 4. They got in through the classrooms’ wrecked roofs and ceilings and took lights and electrical fittings, teaching and learning aids and stationery, all worth aboutR45 000, excluding the damage.“All burglaries have been reported to Safer Schools as well as SAPS,” Ms Wyngaard said. “Our fear is that these intruders will continue to burgle our school while access through these damaged roofs remains available. Added to this, is the amount of damage these classrooms, as well as the classrooms below them, have been subjected to following the heavy rains of the long weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th of August.”The prediction of more heavy rains had stalled repairs, she said.“Another serious concern is that these repairs will not be completed in time for us to receive all our learners. Most of our learners are expected to return on the 24th and 31st of August. “We appeal to members of the community to report any trespassers seen on the school grounds after hours. Furthermore, we encourage you to report any persons trying to sell any of the items taken from the school’s premises.”Ward councillor, Antonio van der Rheede said he would speak to the authorities about improving security at the school. He also urged the school’s neighbours to report any suspicious activity.“In an area like Hanover Park, it would be the same few guys breaking in every time so someone should know something. If this is a hot-spot area for break-ins then SAPS should increase their presence in the area. “I will also contact the Newfields neighbourhood watch to keep an eye on the school during their patrols. Most schools in areas like these have a stay-in caretaker to have someone present at school at all times,” he said. Philippi police station spokesman Captain Lance Goliath said they deployed officers according to crime patterns, with more officers going to hot spots in the precinct. The area around the school wasn’t considered a hot spot, he said.“All schools are being visited randomly. We appeal to the public to come forward with information to assist us,” he said. last_img read more

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Tirop eager to follow Chepng’etich’s winning trail

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, July 22-Having a friend who stepped up to senior running after bagging four global titles as a junior is the added motivation Agnes Tirop needs as she prepares to upgrade her bronze medal from Barcelona to gold in Eugene, Oregon.Tirop, 18, is keen on following the golden footsteps of compatriot, Faith Chepng’etich who won at the 2011 World Youth, 2012 World Juniors as well as the 2011 and 13 World Cross junior 6km races when she lines-up for the women’s 5000m race at the 10th IAAF World Juniors in USA that start Tuesday. Tirop met Chepng’etich when the pair made the Barcelona World Juniors squad a couple of years ago and struck a close friendship that blossomed a year later when she won silver behind Chepng’etich at the Bydgosczcz 2013 World Cross junior race in Poland.“We met at the Barcelona World Juniors in 2012 and ran together at the Poland World Cross again the following year and this year, we were in Kampala (Africa Cross). She has motivated me a lot. We are both small and we became close and she would tell me I will win like her.“She talks to me a lot and she has asked me to graduate to the seniors with the World Junior gold. That is what I want to do and God willing, it will happen in Eugene,” explained Tirop.She was among the squad of 27 athletes that left for the US last Thursday hoping to supplant the hosts and return as the overall winners at the biennial IAAF event open to athletes aged 20 and below.Born in Mosoriot, Nandi County, Tirop has already established herself as one for the future having already medalled at the World Juniors when she returned with the bronze from Barcelona two years ago.The seventh born in a family of 10 attended Olbutenet Primary School before joining Kosirai High School in Uasin Gishu where she is a Form 1 student.She got her first taste of athletics as a Standard 4 pupil at Olbutenet and since then, she has not looked back.Her breakthrough came in 2012 when she made the squads for the Africa Cross Country and Barcelona World Juniors, medalling at both. Having followed Chepng’etich to the line during the National XC on 18 February, Tirop took silver behind her established compatriot in South Africa over 6km exactly a month later for her first medal in Kenyan colours.“I will never forget South Africa. It was my first trip outside the country, the first time to board a plane but I was not afraid. Faith made it easy for me, I kept close to her all the time,” she told.At the Trials for the Barcelona World Juniors, she was beaten by Caroline Jepkoech (15:49.1 against 15:49.6) to the line but secured the second automatic berth where she went ahead to bag the third medal (15:36.74) behind Ethiopian pair, Buze Diriba and Ruti Aga.“I did not have much help in front and in the end, they were stronger but I was pleased with coming home with a medal.” Her talent came to the fore in Spain and she was signed by Italian manager, Gianni Demadonna.In 2013, World Cross silver followed before she made her IAAF Diamond League (DL) debut with four outings in Hengelo, Oslo, Zurich and Rieti; running personal bests over 3000m and 5000m of 8:39.13/14:50.36 in Italy and Sweden.With Chepng’etich graduating to the senior ranks at the start of this year, Tirop duly stepped into her Africa Cross Country junior women crown in Kampala and after three DL outings in Doha, Lausanne and Rome before returning home to lead the queue for Eugene World Juniors in her favoured 5000m, taking the race in 15:40.6 on 25 June.“I was very excited after winning my first ever gold medal for my country. My friend Chepng’etich won the senior women for the first time and before I ran, she told me I could do it,” she said.-Picture from iaaf.org0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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