Governor Kathy Hochul announced Saturday a partnership between the state Health Department and the National Guard to train soldiers to become certified EMTs.
Training classes will be held at Fort Hamilton Armed Forces Reserve Center at the U.S. Army post in Brooklyn and the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center on Long Island. The Guardsmen will be trained to help health care facilities that are short of workers.
Acting state Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett said “Supporting our health care system is critical to protecting the health of New Yorkers and our heroic health care workers. The National Guard has been a partner to the State throughout the pandemic, and we look forward to launching this innovative program in collaboration with them. This training will enable us to have more clinical staff available for deployment throughout the state – injecting support when and where it may be needed most.”
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