Shortage of EMS Workers Has Local Squads Working Overtime
Posted May 31, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
SMITHFIELD — An emergency of a different kind has E-M-S workers on alert. A major shortage in workers across the state has local rescue squads working overtime. And they're sending out a 9-1-1 call for help.
Johnston County has nine rescue squads, but with a growing population, growing costs and shrinking volunteer ranks, those squads are stretched thin. The ambulances are moved all around the county, which results in a slower response rate. The county has commissioned a study to find a solution to the problem.
One solution being discussed is a county-wide EMS tax. Paramedics say they feel the county will be willing to pay the tax if necessary.