Fla. EMS workers face burnout, director asks for more staff
The county public safety director requested another ambulance and five additional staff members to serve as "float positions" to cover shifts as needed
MANATEE, Fla. Saying his employees are facing burnout, the Manatee County public safety director Tuesday asked for additional staff positions to lessen the load carried by emergency workers.
"There is a threshold of how much (overtime) people are willing to work," said Ron Koper, public safety director, during a budget workshop with the Manatee County Commission. "That really hurts morale."
The staff, which operates 24/7, 365 days a year, has been stretched so thin many workers are at a breaking point, Koper said.