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Acadian Ambulance Scouting for Soldiers

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2009 - 6:17pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

A local company is scouting for soldiers. Our David D’Aquin found out one Baton Rouge business is actively seeking veterans. Acadian Ambulance says vets who served as medics have the experience they’re looking for and the ability to work in high-pressure situations.

Many veterans are having a hard time re-entering the workforce once they exit the military. But medics are in high demand. Porter Taylor with Acadian Ambulance says “We really benefit from that because these guys are seasoned already.” Vets returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan are finding a shortage in work. Acadian Ambulance is actively recruiting vets with medical training. “working on what we call a bridge program from a military medic to a paramedic.”

Acadian is training military medics and putting them on the streets in ambulances. “Look forward to military medics and we certainly have a lot of opportunities for them right now.” And with the economic downturn, former military medics are traveling from a cross the country to look for work. “Two of them from Michigan, one from Ohio, and one locally that are definitely looking for a career and to use that military experience again and follow the same career.”

Medics who are already trained can get to work quickly and earn steady money. “That experience is paying off for them.” Good news for medics who are looking for work and even better news for a growing company looking for skilled workers. Even though many sectors of the economy are sagging, the medical field and jobs in the medical field are considered recession proof.