Stat Ambulance Service to provide free EMT training

Stat Ambulance Service, the 911 provider for the town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, announced on Thursday that it would provide 150 hours of free emergency medical technician classes to firefighters facing layoffs in Fall River.

The training will be given free to the estimated 60 Fall River firefighters who could lose their jobs in June due to lack of funding. Emergency medical services instructors with Stat and its sister company, Southcoast-EMS, will donate their time to provide the training. The Fall River Firefighters Union will take on the $5,000 cost for training materials and books.

Fall River firefighters who are paramedics will donate their time and expertise to help with the class.

"Without EMT training, the chances for these firefighters to be employed in other communities will be greatly decreased since 70 percent of fire departments in the state require an EMT certificate," Frank O'Reagan, the operations manager at Stat-Southcoast EMS, said.

The classes will start on April 23 in the training room at the Fall River Firefighters headquarters. The classes will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the end of May.

"We wanted to do something constructive to help these public servants whose jobs are at risk and providing no-cost training to help ensure their future employment seemed like the most proactive thing to do," Carol Mansfield, the CEO of Stat-Southcoast EMS, said.