Joshua L. Rivera

Emergency Medical Technician

Joshua Rivera, a Hartford native, chose to take Capital’s EMT-B Initial Training Program because of his interest in the Healthcare field. The evening classes allowed him to continue working his full time job at the time, while jump starting this new career.

“Our instructor presented the information in multiple easy-to-learn formats,” said Joshua, “and because of this, I was more than prepared to pass my state and national exams.”

Joshua also appreciated the resources provided by the program administrators, such as resume-building and information about job leads.

After graduating from Capital’s EMT program, Joshua became a certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B), and is currently working in Hartford for both American Medical Response (AMR), and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). In his spare time he volunteers overnights at Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance Association, Inc. (WVAA) as an EMT.

“There is never a dull moment in Emergency Medical Services (EMS),” declares Joshua. His assignments range from 911 response and community event stand-bys, to patient transfers in and out of state, and critical care transport to and from CCMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “My day is never the same and I am never in just one place,” he said. “I enjoy the variety of work environments and that’s what keeps me engaged throughout the day.”

Joshua says patience, empathy, and integrity are just some of the important personal qualities needed to be successful in this field. If you’re interested in the field of EMS, or Healthcare in general, he advises you to take the class and stay motivated! Although the instructors alongside the administrative team will help you all along the way, Joshua believes that “It’s up to YOU to put the effort into making something out of it.”

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