Guardian Ambulance now accepting applications for free, accelerated EMT class in Florence, SC starting March 1

Guardian Ambulance is offering the chance to become an EMT for free in just 10 weeks. The company is now accepting applications for an EMT-Basic course in Florence, S.C. with free tuition, certification and testing provided by Florence-Darlington Technical College, supported by a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System. To further remove barriers to entering the EMS field, Guardian Ambulance is also offering a training wage and full benefits package as a full-time employee during classroom hours throughout the course.  Classroom instruction will be provided at FDTC, and students will complete clinical and shift ride-alongs on Guardian ambulances.

“The demand for dedicated students who are ready to begin their careers in EMS has never been greater,” said Guardian Ambulance Vice President of Operations Jason Cooke. “EMT National Registry certification is the first step in what can be a long and promising career in a growing industry. By providing grant funds to support this training opportunity, and a wage to complete training full-time, we hope to remove any financial barriers toward that goal.”

Upon passing the exam, EMTs are ready to work on an ambulance making up to $30,000 a year with room to grow up to $45,000 with additional shift-friendly, sponsored paramedic certification.

Guardian Ambulance will accept 12 students into its EMT class that begins March 1. The company plans to offer this course again on a regular schedule in the future. Applicants not accepted into this program will have the opportunity to put their application forward for future classes.

Those accepted into the program will be fully trained and onboarded to begin working on a Guardian ambulance upon passing the National Registry exam. The course is offered with a two-year employment commitment.

To apply, fill out an application at by February 8, 2021. Qualified applicants will take an aptitude test provided by Florence-Darlington Technical College, and finally, hiring managers will follow up to schedule an interview.

The coursework for the class will begin on March 1 and will continue for 10 weeks. Students will graduate from the course to take the National Registry exam.

Guardian Ambulance provides medical transportation services to patients, hospitals and health-care facility customers in central and eastern South Carolina, including the communities of Florence, Columbia, Dillon and Clarendon. Guardian Ambulance is a member of the Priority Ambulance national family of companies.

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