The 10-week EMT training program is available to people 18 and older with no prior EMS experience.
INDIANAPOLIS — Hannah Fox-Teague said she’s always wanted to help people.
“Growing up, I watched all the health care TV shows and all the medical TV shows,” Fox-Teague said. “So I always knew I wanted to do something in the medical field.”
She held various jobs before deciding to pursue her true passion in healthcare. The day she acted, her life changed.
“I wanted something where I could be in the community and see different people and help as many people as possible,” Fox-Teague said.
Fox-Teague is among the first to graduate from an Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Internship Program – a program ready to help anyone who has ever had an interest in the health care field.
“They set you up for success, especially by paying you through the program. I don’t think anyone else does that,” Fox-Teague said.
The 10-week EMT training program is available for people with no previous EMS experience. Once a candidate achieves certification, they are hired full time to work on an ambulance.
Dr. Dan O’Donnell, head of IEMS, said the program provides a good way to gain exposure to healthcare and the medical field.
“It’s not just something we’re doing quickly to address a shortage of work. We want to engage in this type of recruiting, this type of training and bringing people into the medical field over the next 18 months,” O’Donnell said. .
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“It takes someone who is compassionate, but not wrongly so,” Fox-Teague said. “You have to show compassion to your patients, but you can’t let someone walk all over you. Sometimes you show up on that person’s worst day.”
It’s something Fox-Teague said she trained for and a career path that can only lead to success.
“Coming to IEMS was more than just about salary, and they make it more than just about salary, so when they pay for your program, it’s really helpful because a lot of us come back after being unemployed for a long time. They set you up for success,” Fox-Teague said.
The EMT Trainee Program is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent and meets the requirements for a driver’s license.
Anyone interested in applying to the program must submit an application by April 1, with the program officially starting on May 9.
IEMS will hold virtual information sessions on March 14 at 6 p.m. and March 23 at 6 p.m.
For more information on how you can apply, visit IndianapolisEMS.org
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