Applications for the City of Saint Paul’s EMS Academy are now available at www.stpaul.gov/jobs.
The EMS Academy is an EMT-certification program for Saint Paul youth ages 18-24 who are interested in a career as an EMT or firefighter. Selected candidates earn hourly wages for attending the 14-week course, which includes CPR certification, First Responder certification, ride-alongs with the Saint Paul Fire Department paramedics, and Emergency Room shadowing. Upon successful completion of the course, participants earn National EMT Certification, 9 college credits, and are prepared to work in a variety of EMT positions.
Low income and at-risk young adults ages 18-24 who are Saint Paul residents are eligible. EMS Academy participants are paid $7.50 an hour.
EMS Academy participants are paid for time spent in class, which averages 16-20 hours per week. The Spring 2012 EMS Academy starts on January 9, 2012 and ends April 13, 2012. Consistent and timely attendance is required throughout the entire program.
There are two parts to the application: an online component and an in-person component. The first step is to submit an application online at www.stpaul.gov/jobs, available Nov. 8 to Dec. 6. The second step is to attend the required Information, Orientation and Interview Sessions. Times and locations of these sessions are posted on the EMS Academy website and Facebook page.
The EMS Academy is a collaborative effort between the City of Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Department, Saint Paul Parks & Recreation, the Saint Paul Fire Department, Inver Hills Community College, Saint Paul Public Schools, and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties.
Since the EMS Academy began in 2009, it has graduated over 50 low-income Saint Paul youth as EMTs. These graduates earn on average 250 percent more today than upon enrollment in the EMS Academy, with the vast majority working in the field or continuing their education in healthcare.