AMR’s ‘Earn While You Learn’ receives award in Employee Programs Category
American Medical Response in Buffalo will receive an AMBY Award today at the American Ambulance Association’s annual conference and trade show awards reception in Nashville. AMR will receive an AMBY in the Employee Programs category.
AMR was recognized for the “Earn While You Learn” program, which started in September 2018. Born from a need to recruit qualified EMTs, the goal was to attract, hire and train 50 individuals. Since the first program, AMR has held four academies and graduated more than 100 students. The “Earn While You Learn” academy is an 11-week program, where students are paid to attend EMT school.
Thomas Maxian, president of AMR’s northeast region, said he is proud of the “Earn While You Learn” program.
“We are honored to be recognized with an American Ambulance Association AMBY Award,” he said. “The program has enabled AMR to create EMS career opportunities for people who, without the program, could not make this career transition.”
The program was launched in partnership with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s job initiative, and Maxian said the city helped the “Earn While You Learn” program to spread to every corner of the Buffalo community.
The program’s success in Buffalo has created “Earn While You Learn” academies in Springfield, Massachusetts, St. Louis, and Dayton, Ohio.
American Medical Response provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department (www.ruralmetrofire.com). For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net.