Former Intern Spotlight
When Candice Tongson decided to go to EMT school in 2017, she learned about the EMT Internship program at LifeNet and decided to apply.
“I went to EMT school because I have always been interested in the medical field, and I wanted to help others, whether it be medically, physically, or emotionally,” she said. “The intern program gave me a firsthand look at how the EMS system actually works. It is not just ambulances. There are so many other aspects that I knew nothing about. If you are interested in a career in EMS, the internship is a great stepping stone and learning experience for possibly the best career of your life.”
The EMT internship gave Candice access to the EMTs and paramedics at LifeNet, who answered questions and explained things to her when she needed help in EMT school.
“The internship helped me realize that EMS was definitely my calling. It also gave me the opportunity to get my foot in the door of this amazing company,” she said. “From day one working here, it felt like home. I know that no matter what, there is always someone to listen, guide, and teach me as I further my EMS career. The people I work with are like my second family. I can always depend on them.”
Six months after starting her EMT internship, Candice was hired on full-time in LifeNet’s communications center as a Systems Status Controller (SSC). In January of 2020, she was named a department lead a training officer for the comm-center.
“Being a SSC allowed me to become a fulltime employee with this wonderful company and use my training to help people before the first responders and medics arrive on scene,” she said. “I love being able to help people and know I made a difference. I am the calming voice a frantic 9-1-1 caller hears. Having the ability to calm them until our ambulance arrives is so humbling. It makes me truly thankful to work here.”