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What happens if you call 911 and no one responds?

by Kat Wiirre

What does happen if no one responds to a 911 call? This is a very important question for several rural communities with volunteer ambulance crews. In some rural towns, this is already happening.

This is a question the Bertha Ambulance is asking themselves. They are extremely short on EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) and are in serious danger of closing by March 1, 2022.

According to data published by the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) of Minnesota, in May of 2019, the average salary for paid Minnesota EMTs is $43,620. This is 12% above the national average salary in the United States. EMTs in Minnesota earn an average income of $20.97 per hour.

Admission to an EMT training program typically requires a high school diploma, a drug test, criminal background study, CPR training along with a medical exam. EMT certification is essential as it sets a standard for the competency of EMTs and paramedics providing assurances to employers, colleagues and the general public.

Once training is complete you must pass and complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Certification Exams. Once you have obtained your license you must re-register every two years to maintain your certification. . .

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