3 EMTs quit after lack of response to alleged sexual harrassment
None of the administrators whom EMTs said were directly responsible for the hostile work environment and underperformance of the division have been terminated or demoted as a result
Vigin Island Daily News
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Island — The fate of the Emergency Services Division is up in the air, as a number of EMTs have left the division's St. Thomas-St. John District citing disgust at a lack of response to complaints about sexual harassment and mismanagement.
Their departure leaves a hole in the already understaffed division, they said. Also, a bill authorizing the proposed merger of the EMS division with the V.I. Fire Service, a move that was slated to start this month, has not been taken up by the 30th Legislature. The St. Thomas-St. John District's present staffing levels would not allow for the deployment of EMTs to the fire stations in the merger plan, according to David Sweeney, territorial coordinator for EMS.
New training classes have promoted four intermediate EMTs on St. Croix to higher classifications, allowing them to expand the duties they are able to exercise in the field and to provide better overall coverage for ambulance calls. Another 15 basic EMTs in the St. Thomas-St. John District are scheduled to receive the same training in November, Sweeney said.