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Vermont Begins Continuing Education Requirement

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont is taking steps to make it easier to become an emergency medical technician, as volunteer crews struggle to keep staff.

The state is doing away with testing every two years for EMTs, like most other states already have, and will allow military medics and nurses and physician’s assistants volunteer on rescue squads without taking a test.

EMTs will instead be required to take continuing education like other medical professionals do.

The state also will start a paramedic training program through Vermont Technical College with a $500,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.