JobsNow: How to find work in Ohio as an EMT

EMTs are expected to be in-demand in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN 27 First News, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber and Ohio Means Jobs are working together to present information about growing and in-demand careers.

We call it JobsNow.

The goal is to show you jobs that are available and give you a path to filling a position.

Let’s begin with a career that takes courage and is for someone who likes action. When the sirens sounds and the lights are flashing, an emergency medical technician is trying to save a life, or maybe even help start one.

Randall Pugh with Lane Life Trans has seen a lot during his 37-year career, including delivering 38 babies and even saving a life. That person gives him a bottle of wine every year. But EMTs also need compassion.

“There’s a lot of tragedy in the job, too. Infant deaths, some of the overdosing that’s going on right now,” Pugh said.

The work hours are challenging, and EMTs have many required continuing education requirements. Plus, it helps to understand anatomy and physiology.

In the Mahoning Valley, you can be trained as an EMT at Howland Training Center, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center and Youngstown State University.

The number of EMTs is expected to grow 14 percent in the next 10 years. The career is going to stay in demand, with a third of the Valley’s population being over the age of 60 within four years.

“That elderly population is what’s making the emergency calls go up. The chest pains, the strokes,” Pugh said.

Response time is the key, and you never know when an emergency call is going to come in. EMTs always have to think about what happened, how to help and how to move the patient safely to take them to the hospital.

“A lot of people do use it to go into career firefighting, find a career as an RN, we’d have several people come through that have become physicians,” Pugh said. “That’s the benefit of this job, they only work two 24s a week, so they have time to go to school.”

It takes 120 hours, or four months of training, to be ready to become an EMT. You would need another two years of training before becoming a paramedic.

For more information, you can visit the Ohio Means Jobs’ website.

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