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30 Emirati Students join innovative training and career programme in the vital emergency medical sector

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National Ambulance and University of Sharjah Kick Off Second Year of Emirati EMT Programme

10 September 2018: A ceremony held yesterday at the University of Sharjah marked the commencement of the second year of National Ambulance’s Emirati Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programme. Building on the success of its inaugural year, 30 Emirati students, who passed a rigourous admission process, gathered for their orientation, which signaled the commencement of the year-long training programme that provides a professional qualification and guaranteed offer of a job as an EMT Intermediate at National Ambulance for all students who successfully complete the course.  

Eng. Hussein Al Harthi, Chairman of National Ambulance, said: This year’s intake is much larger than before, which is a sign of the inspiration and commitment of UAE Nationals to support their community. It also recognises the success of the programme we have built and reflects its sustainability moving forward. We continue with our commitment, in line with the UAE leadership’s vision, to provide the nation with well-trained Emirati caliber who are ready to and capable of working in such vital sector.” 

The year-long training programme, which is being delivered in collaboration with the University of Sharjah (UOS), is designed to provide UAE Nationals in the Northern Emirates with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in emergency pre-hospital care, and successful graduates will be guaranteed employment with National Ambulance. The inaugural programme took place over the 2017-2018 academic year, with 13 students graduating, all of whom honoured by HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and are now part of the National Ambulance team in the Northern Emirates. 

Ahmed Saleh Al Hajeri, Acting CEO of National Ambulance, said: “Following the great success of our inaugural Emirati EMT programme, we are delighted to welcome another group of UAE Nationals who are keen and excited to join their Emirati brothers and sisters in serving the nation. We look forward to monitoring their progress and development throughout the year, hoping they all rise to the challenge and excel on the front-line of medical emergency service. 

Professor Qutayba Hamid, Vice Chancellor for the Medical and Health Sciences Colleges at University of Sharjah, said: “We are very happy to host this training initiative for the second year and continue with our contribution in providing the UAE Emergency medical sector with a trained and knowledgeable calibre that will add value to society.” 

Mayed Abdul Majeed, EMT Student said: "I am very happy to be admitted into this great programme. I am very keen on being able to spend my time in the service of the community.  I am sure this will be a rewarding career where I can make a difference by being the first on the scene to save a life or just there to support people when they need it.” 

Moza Al Metlaei, EMT Student, said: "I feel proud of how the Emirati women in the group before us were able to prove that they could rise to the challenge and be part of the critical emergency medical sector. This encouraged me to join such an initiative. As an Emirati it’s in our blood to help people around us and this is what Sheikh Zayed taught us.”

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The full-time programme offers UAE Nationals the opportunity to gain the theoretical knowledge and practical experience necessary to take up a full-time position as an EMT with National Ambulance. The programme consists of three modules: a ‘Foundation’ module handled by the University of Sharjah; a ‘Core’ module based on an international academic curriculum; and an ‘Operations’ module managed and led by National Ambulance. Those that graduate from the programme will join National Ambulance workforce immediately.  

While this year’s intake is now complete, every year National Ambulance will be inviting interested candidates who meet the entry requirements of the programme to apply. To find out more about the programme please visit www.nationalambulance.ae/emt. The admission process selected candidates had to pass the selection interview and meet a number of conditions including: being a UAE National, being at least 18 years of age and not over 35, having completed UAE National Service (for male applicants), having a high school diploma or equivalent, having good command of English, having a UAE driving license or in the process of applying for one and having passed the selection interview.

National Ambulance provides emergency pre-hospital care in the Northern Emirates through the dedicated 998 emergency ambulance number and smart application. Its primary task is to handle public medical emergency response and provide high standards of emergency pre-hospital care to citizens, residents and visitors across the Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah.  

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