Spirit EMS to offer summer EMT Bootcamp

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Instructors teach student at EMT classes. Gaylen Blosser photo.

GREENVILLE—Spirit EMS hopes to recruit aspiring EMTs with their new EMT Boot Camp coming this summer.

The boot camp, a day camp held in Greenville from July 24, to July 28, will give area high school juniors and seniors a taste of the healthcare industry.

Scott Wolf, Paramedic Educator at Spirit, said students will be exposed to a lot of different elements of EMS work.

Students will leave the bootcamp certified in CPR, Stop the Bleed training, and suicide prevention training. Attendees will also have an opportunity to drive an ambulance through an obstacle course within the Spirit parking lot and interact with a variety of healthcare professionals.

“The participants will leave this bootcamp knowing the majority of the skills that are required to pass the EMT registry,” Wolf said.

Spirit has entertained the idea of holding an EMT boot camp for some time. Carie Pope, director, employee relations, communications, and HR assistant, said the company has talked about it for about three years.

“Last summer we went up to another ambulance company in Lafayette, Indiana, to observe their bootcamp,” she said. “We were able to be a part of their experience, watching what they did, and we’re kind of pulling our ideas from that. We’ve added several more activities, as well.”

Wolf added that the bootcamp will cost around $40, and that there will be help for students who can’t afford it.

“I don’t want to exclude anybody because they don’t feel they can pay the money,” he said. “There will be financial assistance.”

The deadline for registration is around two weeks before the start of the bootcamp. Interested students can contact Wolf at swolf@spiritmedicaltransport.com.

Spirit EMS is located at 5484 State Route 49 S., Greenville, Ohio, 45331, with additional locations in Houston, Sidney, Van Wert, Celina, and Liberty, Indiana. Due to expanded needs for their services, Spirit is hiring for all locations. For more information on open positions or to apply, go to www.spiritmedicaltransport.com/job-openings.