A health care company plans to hire 250 new workers in Rhode Island by the beginning of 2014.
Tunstall, based in the United Kingdom, is opening an emergency call center in Pawtucket in April.
The company held a recruitment session Friday at the NetworkRI employment center in Providence. More than 50 people showed up for 16 positions, all within the emergency call center.
"We're in the business of saving lives. We're not in this to sell a product. We're looking to make people's lives a little bit better," Tunstall recruiter Seth Muraskin said.
Operator positions within the call center begin with a base pay of $11.10 an hour.
"Difficult situations have been happening. I've been out of work for close to two years now," William Nunez said.
He just moved to Rhode Island from Boston. He said jobs in Rhode Island are much more difficult to come by.
"It's tough out there. A lot of people are looking for jobs, so it's difficult to stay motivated," Nunez said.
Tunstall received a series of tax breaks from the state Department of Labor and Training to hire Rhode Islanders and keep its business in state.
Recruitment sessions will continue throughout the year until all 250 positions are filled.