Tenn. area attracts more paramedics with higher pay


By Lauren Gregory
Chattanooga Times and Free Press
Copyright 2007 Chattanooga Times and Free Press

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. — Though ambulance services in surrounding counties have complained of an acute shortage in paramedics, Hamilton County officials say local recruitment problems stem from the quality of applicants — not quantity.

"I think the numbers are there," said Ken Wilkerson, Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services chief. "We're blessed with the luxury here of a top-of-the-line pay scale, so we're able to attract employees from lesser-paying organizations."

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