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FEMA grant to help Vt. fill EMT shortage

South Burlington, Vermont - May 21, 2010

Three Chittenden County fire departments will share a $500,000 grant from FEMA to start up a statewide paramedic training program.

Essex, Colchester and South Burlington rescue squads will share the grant and Vermont Technical College will run the state's first-of-its-kind program. That program will provide a higher level of training so that intermediate-level EMS personnel can become certified paramedics.

The state is facing a shortage of EMTs, so lawmakers are doing away with a number of legal restrictions to help fill the ranks. Vermont will no longer require testing every two years for EMTs and will allow military medics and nurses and physician's assistants volunteer on rescue squads without taking a test.

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