College to host Fire/EMS Career Expo on March 24

Kaleia Lawrence, Editor in Chief

Emergency service jobs aren’t easy, and the state of the industry reflects that. Since 2005, 160 rural hospitals have closed down according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. This greatly limits what could be lifesaving support to so many communities.  

The pandemic forced many into different careers. An AAA survey stated that it made hiring and retaining EMTs and paramedics extremely difficult. 

To help combat this and support prospective EMS, Madison College is hosting its second Fire/EMS Career Expo. 

“Well, it’s been a very well-known fact that, uh, not only in Wisconsin, but in general in the country there’s a shortage for volunteers, especially in the first responders area. Not only fire, but EMS,” said Herfrank Loyo, EMS Instructor. “So having these events, we create an opportunity for employers to share the same space with people that are interested in, you know, volunteering or other job options.” 

This year, 29 different agencies from all over Wisconsin will be there, not just organizations from the Dane County area. The wide geographical range of participants is especially important, said Loyo. 

“The communities itself are struggling because they don’t have interest or they don’t know…about what are the opportunities that are available for us to serve in their communities, especially in their rural communities or suburban communities,” said Loyo.  

At the event, agencies will display what they have to offer. Advisers will be there as well to help with writing resumes. 

The event is on March 24 from 4-7 p.m. in the Human Protective Services Building. Light food and drinks will be available.