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Wyo. EMTs may soon start work before completed criminal background check

- 03/03/2015

CHEYENNE, Wy. — A House of Representatives committee approved a bill Thursday to allow paramedics and emergency medical technicians to begin working in Wyoming without having to wait for ...


Discrimination in EMS ends when attitudes change

- 03/03/2015

I shake my head, sadly not in disbelief, but at the simple sad fact that many of our departments continue to be run by Neanderthals. And, I know that’s insulting to Neanderthals. Discrimination ...


AMR announces final layoffs for Calf. billing office closure

- 03/02/2015

The Modesto Bee SALIDA, Calif. — Employees at the American Medical Response billing center in Salida will continue working on borrowed time, but their employer is firm about closing ...


EMS cheating uncovered in L.A. County Fire scandal

- 02/24/2015

By Paul Pringle Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Fire Department found itself Monday engulfed in a growing scandal after auditors uncovered evidence that the type ...


Reactive changes to medics working long hours are doomed to fail

- 02/17/2015

When I first read how medics in Baltimore are making nearly $200,000 annually, I thought, "hey, where do I sign up for this gig?" Each week only has 168 hours Then I did some ...


Ariz. EMS providers consider a labor strike

- 01/23/2015

TUCSON, Ariz. — Union employees at Southwest Ambulance, a Southern Arizona company owned by Rural Metro, are considering a possible strike that could impact service. Members of Local ...


Iowa EMS looking for Spanish speaking providers

- 01/16/2015

About 5 percent of emergency calls are from Spanish speakers, and the department wants to recruit more bilingual employees to bridge the language barrier


Iowa EMS looking for Spanish speaking providers

- 01/16/2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Siouxland Paramedics is seeking to recruit EMS providers that can help bridge a Spanish language barrier. Operations Director Brian Jacobson told Sioxlandmatters.com ...


Inside EMS Podcast: Is EMS safe from outsourcing?

- 01/09/2015

Download this week's episode on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed In this week’s Inside EMS Podcast, hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson wonder if EMS is safe from outsourcing ...


Why EMS is not safe from outsourcing

- 01/06/2015

Outsourcing work done by Americans to overseas companies has been a strain on the U.S. economy for more than a decade. While EMS providers might feel comfortable that the provision of our services ...


Why the medic hiring boom-bust cycle continues

- 12/23/2014

Like most health care positions, securing a paramedic position is a cyclical event. It seems like every decade or so we swing from feast to famine, then back to feast again. Trying to get hired ...


Medics sue S.C. county over promised pay raises

- 12/18/2014

By Charles D. Perry The Sun News HORRY COUNTY, S.C. — Four longtime Horry County Fire-Rescue employees are suing the agency for not following through on promised pay raises, according ...


Competition for paramedics driving up wages

- 12/17/2014

By Jayme Fraser Houston Chronicle HOUSTON, Texas — Rapid growth and a changing health care market have increased competition among some suburban emergency service providers, driving ...


Ohio department seeks to add full-time firefighters

- 12/01/2014

Akron Beacon Journal NORTON, Ohio — The city’s fire chief said that by increasing his full-time staff, Norton actually can save money and stay within its budget for next year. Fire ...


Fatigued Australian medics demand changes to on-call system

- 11/29/2014

SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Sleep-deprived paramedics in regional South Australia are demanding roster changes because they fear they could be a danger to patients. An on-call system is used in ...


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