Coming January 2022, OCTC will provide an accelerated program for paramedics in Owensboro-Daviess County.
This is a partnership between OCTC, AMR, Owensboro Fire Department, and the Daviess County Fire Department to advance current EMTs to Paramedics. "Giving us 12 paramedics to rotate between 3 entities, will help us fill the void we're experiencing just with COVID, not even the shortage," says LT.Jake Cox with OFD.
Officials say 12 will start the program in January and graduate by December. They will still have to take all the normal tests to begin work.
"They're spending the same amount of time as they would In a 4 year program, just compressing it into one," says OCTC President, Dr.Scott Williams
President of OCTC, Dr.Scott Williams says this would not be possible without city leaders coming together to address and respond to this growing issue.