New York State Assembly Members Burgos, Fernandez Join EMS Providers to Launch Earn While You Learn Training Program that Pays New EMT Recruits in New York City


10-Week Course Will Ease Path to Rewarding Career, Offers Competitive Pay and Flexible Schedules 
Assembly members Kenneth Burgos and Natalia Fernandez joined Global Medical Response (GMR) in the Bronx today to launch its inaugural Earn While You Learn academy. GMR hires Earn While You Learn trainees as full-time employees while they take the necessary training and certification courses to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

“We are thrilled that GMR is bringing its award winning Earn While You Learn program to New York City,” said Assemblyman Kenneth Burgos, Assembly District 85. “As the economy continues to recover even as we reopen from the pandemic, the demand for healthcare professionals remains at an all-time high. This program is an equitable, innovative solution to this problem, filling these critical positions and creating careers in the process."

This comprehensive program is an exciting opportunity for New Yorkers who want to begin a rewarding career in Emergency Medical Services and get paid as they train to become EMTs. All training costs are covered, and upon successful completion of the program and obtaining their state certification, graduates are promoted to EMT-B with a competitive pay rate increase. The company is taking applications now for its first program, which is slated to start July 26.

Interested applicants should apply via the GMR Careers Page by July 10, 2021 at Subsequent programs will soon follow and interested applicants are encouraged to apply. GMR hopes to hire at least 80 EMT professionals through the program.

In May, Global Medical Response (GMR) and Hunter Ambulance Group leaders announced that they have signed an agreement for GMR to acquire the assets of Hunter Ambulance Group in a deal to be finalized later this summer. Hunter is one of the largest private ambulance providers in the New York City metro area, serving all five boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and several of the largest hospital systems in the area.

“GMR continues to develop exciting, lifelong career paths -- thanks to creative partnerships like the ones we have with Hunter Ambulance and CrowdRx,” said Thomas Maxian, President, Northeast Region for Global Medical Response. “GMR’s innovative Earn While You Learn program has already helped hundreds of people from Massachusetts to Michigan become EMTs, and now New Yorkers can take advantage of this program to launch a new, rewarding career while getting paid.”

"We are excited to start his new partnership off strong by adding 80 additional EMTs to our workforce of 550 in New York City and Long Island,” said Dan Leibowitz, President of Hunter Ambulance Group “Programs like Earn While You Learn will ensure we can continue to provide the outstanding pre-hospital healthcare New Yorkers and our healthcare partners have become accustomed to.”

CrowdRx is part of the GMR family of companies and provides event medical support. In New York City, they provide high-profile EMS services at NYC sites and landmarks such as Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, Lincoln Center and the U.S. Open.
Graduated EMTs will have the opportunity to work for American Medical Response (AMR), Hunter Ambulance or CrowdRx.
Since launching the Earn While You Learn Program in Buffalo, NY in 2018, AMR has graduated over 500 EMS professionals. The program has made a career in emergency medical services more accessible, ensuring that candidates are financially stable while they are training.

Earn While You Learn was honored by the American Ambulance Association in the best Employee Programs Category. Similar programs have also been launched in Alabama, Buffalo, NY, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.

Interested applicants should apply via the GMR Careers Page by July 10, 2021 at The academy will begin July 26, 2021. Subsequent academies will soon follow and interested applicants are encouraged to apply.