AMR Partners with NCTI to Launch Paramedic Program in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties


The paramedic training program will be the first in the California region in over a decade.
American Medical Response (AMR) San Joaquin and Stanislaus operations have partnered with NCTI-Roseville and the County of San Joaquin to host the first paramedic program in the region in over a decade. The program will provide 18 students the opportunity to receive their paramedic certification upon successful completion of all training requirements. These graduates will then begin working as paramedics with both AMR and local fire agencies.

“We are excited to be launching this training program to fill the need within the Central Valley, increasing not only our paramedic numbers, but also helping increase paramedic numbers for our local fire agencies,” said Brian Hajik, regional director for AMR. “San Joaquin County approached us last year about starting up the program, and we are thrilled to assist in filling the training accessibility gaps for both EMS and fire agencies.”

Prior to the new program, students traveled outside of the region to get the training needed to advance as a paramedic. In the post-pandemic national EMS and healthcare staffing shortage, having a local program accessible to train local first responders is paramount.

“We are proud to be investing in our own community, providing the opportunity to attend classes locally, growing our own paramedics, right here, in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties,” said Hajik. “This program will benefit not just AMR, but local fire agencies as well.”

Students of the program are on full scholarship and are current employees of AMR or certified EMTs with external community partners. Stockton Fire and Ripon Fire Protection District have sponsored firefighters in the program. Nearly 75 percent of AMR scholarship recipients live in San Joaquin County.

The long-term goal for the county is to establish a program within the county EMS agency or partner with area colleges. AMR is proud to assist in getting this program up and running, with a second paramedic class anticipated in November 2024.

AMR will be hosting a media day on Friday, April 19. Members of the media will be invited to interview, photograph and film an instructor and paramedic students who will be available to answer questions about this course. Additional information will be sent out prior to the event.

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AMR Partners with NCTI to Launch Paramedic Program in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties