by River Falls Journal
February 14, 2013 at 3:31 am in River Falls Journal
The Prescott EMS is severely shorthanded and is looking for ways to remedy the problem, said Joe Rohl at the Feb. 5 Clifton Town Board meeting. Continue Reading
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After 33 years in EMS, I’ve noticed a common theme with EMS agencys’ staffing issue. There’s a period of limbo when an EMS service gets so busy that serving stops being a volunteer calling and starts becoming a part-time job. It’s easy to carry a pager when a department gets a call every other day. When call volume reaches a certain point, employers become less likely to allow EMTs to leave work to respond to calls. Also, taking a 12 or 24 hour EMS call shift puts a strain on family life if the EMT is away three or four times a shift. Baldwin EMS, the department I work for, went through this period a few years ago. Once call volume reached a certain point, it became easier to find EMTs willing to dedicate a 12 or 24 hour block of time to strictly respond to EMS calls.
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