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November 20, 2013

Ga. EMS feeling effects of nationwide medic shortage

Because they don't have enough nearby schools to train EMTs, authorities fear the problem will only get worse


AUGUSTA, Ga. — Paramedics are there to save your life in an emergency, but are there enough of them?

A nationwide paramedic shortage is hitting our area and without enough nearby schools to train them, the problem will only get worse. "It's a desperate need in this area. When we do lose a medic it does hurt," said Gold Cross EMS CEO  Vince Brogdon. Brogdon says medics average about 5 years in EMS before moving on.

"When they can do to the same amount of school and they can make more money in a controlled environment like a hospital, some choose to do that," he explained. Thomas Edwards has been a paramedic for four years. "In a medical emergency seconds count. There is no second chance in a lot of these things," said Edwards. "The closer we are, the more of us that there are, the faster we can respond and the quicker we can help save somebody's life."

Full story: CSRA feeling effects of nationwide paramedic shortage

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Greg Natsch Greg Natsch Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:39:22 AM A degree? Accreditation does not require a degree. The EMS Education agenda for the future came out in 1996. It identified accreditation. November 2007 NREMT set the deadline of December 31,2012. This is not new, except for the fact that programs did nothing until mandated. Is there really a shortage, or is there a shortage of people who will take the jobs for the salaries offered. No locals medics, recruit from outside.
Steve Seabolt Steve Seabolt Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:26:42 PM Try raising the salary.
George Yaworski George Yaworski Friday, November 22, 2013 12:50:40 PM Can't be a shortage. Fire departments are not training more medics so that fire fighters do not get laid off. If there was a shortage this wouldn't be happening, would it?

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