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."