Cataldo Ambulance Announces Enhanced Program

Cataldo has announced an aggressive campaign to recruit non-EMS professionals and train them as EMTs. As part of this program a new, 30-day, accelerated “Earn as You Learn” program is being rolled out. Previously, Cataldo Earn as You Learn programs employed recruits as wheelchair van drivers during the day and covered the cost of training for an EMT class held during non-working hours. The accelerated Earn as You Learn program supports students by paying an hourly wage while they attend training—with all education and certification related costs covered by Cataldo. “The purpose of this enhanced program,” says COO, Kevin Turner, “is not only to provide income to candidates who might otherwise be unable to afford the time required for EMT training, but to accelerate the learning process, certify our EMTs sooner, and get them into our communities where they are needed.”

Accelerated programs are gaining popularity across the country. Says Massachusetts Ambulance Association President, Dennis Cataldo, “The critical, national shortage of EMS professionals is putting a strain on the EMS workforce in Massachusetts. Accelerated programs address the need to train and deploy new recruits as safely and quickly as possible.”

There are only minimal requirements to train as an EMT. Students need to be legal to work in the US, have a HS diploma or equivalent, pass a background check and drug test, and hold a MA driver’s license in good standing. Applications are being taken now. For more information or to complete an application visit

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