Volunteer EMTs needed in parts of Scott County

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There's a call tonight for help to shore up volunteer EMTs to cover some ambulance routes in the Quad Cities.

Medic EMS out of Davenport is offering a three-month training class starting January 5, 2014.

"Volunteerism is down and we're looking to give people that opportunity and looking for people to give back to the community," said Chuck Gipson, with Medic EMS.  "We're always looking for volunteers to increase and bulk up our staff."

The training class is $750 but if the volunteer fulfills 600 hours, about 12 hours per week for a year, the tuition is fully refunded.

"It's the first level of getting into working in an ambulance and a lot of our employees go on to become paramedics from there, so it's a good career step to get started," Gipson said.

Also, volunteers on duty are paid about $11 an hour. The payback immeasurable.

The target areas are Eldridge, Bluegrass, and LeClaire in Scott County.

For more information call 563-323-6806.

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