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Free CE to Fire/EMS Professionals Affected by Recession, CentreLearn and Emergency Preparedness Systems Announce Launch of Helping Heroes Program, CentreLearn Solutions and Emergency Preparedness Systems jointly announced the launch of the Helping Heroes program, which offers certified first responders, EMTs and paramedics affected by the recession free continuing education to maintain their professional license or certification during their layoff or furlough.

“Across the nation, many EMS personnel are feeling the effects of the recession firsthand, in some cases even losing their jobs,” said James Eastham, Sc.D., chief executive officer of CentreLearn Solutions.

“It’s very important that everyone in the EMS industry find ways to help those who give so much to our communities,” added Scott Cravens, publisher of EMS Magazine and

Greg Friese president of Emergency Preparedness Systems and a paramedic stated: “Maintaining EMS certification has real costs – I am honored to have this opportunity to help lighten the financial burden of EMS professionals who are out of work.”

Enrollment into the Helping Heroes program is available at Documentation of circumstances and EMS certification or licensure is required. Certified first responders, EMTs or paramedics who qualify will receive a free subscription to, which offers unlimited access to more than 200 CECBEMS accredited continuing education lessons. CE certificates will be awarded after viewing a lesson and successfully completing a post-test.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.