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Start a Career in EMS

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Start a Career in EMS2020-03-05T12:33:58-05:00

Are you considering a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS)?

Congratulations!  You’re in the right spot if you want to find a career that will allow you to truly make a difference every day that you come to work.

As part of the first responder world, dispatchers, EMTs, and paramedics assist patients on accident scenes or in homes where a patient is suffering from a medical emergency.  From helping deliver babies, performing CPR during sudden cardiac arrests, and stabilizing trauma patients to transferring ill patients from nursing homes or assessing stroke victims in their homes, EMS professionals are trained to respond to a wide array of calls.

This page is designed to help start on your career path to the exciting field of EMS!

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Questions About Starting Your Career?

If you have questions after reviewing the information on this page, please email your questions to pr@lifenetems.org.  We will do our best to assist you in taking the exciting first steps to becoming an EMT, paramedic, or EMD.

How to Become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

What does an EMT do at LifeNet?

EMTs provide safe, quality, basic emergency medical care and transportation under the guidelines of state protocols and LifeNet standards of care. They also assist paramedics with the provision of care, and help maintain equipment and vehicles utilized in providing emergency medical services.

Learn more by reading the complete Job Description.

What career options are there for EMTs?

After earning your EMT certification at a local college, you can find employment working for:

  • Ground Ambulance Services
  • Hospitals
  • Fire Departments
  • Industrial Safety
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Hospitality Industry

After earning their EMT certification, many EMTs go on to earn their Paramedic certification.

Meet Our EMTs

Discover why some of our current EMTs started their career, and explore the advice they have for you by checking out our Employee Spotlights.

How do I get training to become an EMT?

In order to work as an EMT for LifeNet, you must already have your EMT certification.  Several area colleges offer EMT programs.  Most EMT programs can be completed in one semester and are designed to allow you to continue working full-time while going to EMT school.  Below are links to colleges offering paramedic programs in our service areas.

Denison Division

Hot Springs Division

Stillwater Division

Texarkana Division

How to Become a Paramedic

What does a paramedic do at LifeNet?

Paramedics provide safe, quality, advanced and basic emergency medical care and transportation under the guidelines of state protocols and LifeNet standards of care using LifeNet’s advanced medical protocols.

Learn more by reading the complete Job Description.

What career options are there for paramedics?

After earning your paramedic certification at a local college, you can find employment working for:

  • Ground Ambulance Services
  • Air Ambulance Services*
    *Additional training and experience required
  • Hospitals
  • Fire Departments
  • Industrial Safety
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Hospitality Industry

Later in their career, many Paramedics also decide to do a bridge program to nursing or go on to school to become a physician assistant (PA).

Meet Our Paramedics

Discover why some of our current paramedics started their career, and explore the advice they have for you by checking out our Employee Spotlights.

How do I get training to become a paramedic?

In order to work as a paramedic for LifeNet, you must already have your paramedic certification.  Several area colleges offer paramedic programs.  In order to enroll in a paramedic program, you must have also already completed your EMT certification.  Below are links to colleges offering paramedic programs in our service areas.

Denison Division

Hot Springs Division

Stillwater Division

Texarkana Division

How to Become an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD)

What does an EMD do at LifeNet?

Emergency Medical Dispatchers are responsible and accountable for the daily implementation of the System Status Plan. They must effectively and professionally provide communications and dispatch services for LifeNet ground and air emergency medical services.

Learn more by reading the complete Job Description.

Meet Our Dispatchers

Discover why some of our current dispatchers started their career, and explore the advice they have for you by checking out our Employee Spotlights.

How do I get training to become an EMD?

LifeNet has dispatch centers in Hot Springs, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas and will train the right candidate in Emergency Medical Dispatch.  While EMTs and paramedics are preferred for working as an EMD, LifeNet will help pay for dispatchers to earn their EMT certification within their first year of employment.

In order to work as a dispatcher, the following minimum qualifications must be obtained before applying:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Current EMT certification (required to obtain certification within one year of employment)
  • Must type minimum of 30 WPM
  • Must have current, valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of local geography

EMS Scholarships & Funding

The cost to attend EMT and Paramedic school varies by institution, so does funding availability.

Some institutions consider EMT and Paramedic certification classes to be part of their “continuing education” program.  Under these programs, you cannot apply for financial aid.  Other colleges have their EMT and Paramedic programs set up as degree plans, affording you the opportunity to use financial aid.

Below are links to some of the scholarship and award money that may also be available to you, regardless of where you are going to school.  We encourage you to check out all the financial options available to you.

Legacy Scholarships

The scholarships listed below are primarily available to family members of current first responders.

Scholarships for Arkansas Programs

Scholarships for Oklahoma Programs

Scholarships for Texas Programs

LifeNet’s EMT Intern Program

In LifeNet’s Texarkana and Hot Springs Division, LifeNet offers an EMT Intern program to students attending Texarkana College, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, or National Park Medical Center.  LifeNet staff will come and speak to your EMT class about how to apply for an EMT Internship. If you are selected as an intern, LifeNet, Inc. will pay for 75% of your EMT school expenses, up to $1000.

Visit our Job Board to see if an intern opening is currently available.