Declining EMS staff concerns Texas county leaders

With it becoming more difficult for EMTs to move up the ranks and fewer workers being hired, county officials are reevaluating staffing and overtime


AUSTIN, Texas — Concerns about declining staff numbers from the employee association representing Austin’s paramedics has city leaders taking a closer look at what can be done. The president of Austin-Travis County’s EMS Association said he has seen problems develop over the past few years.

“I think it’s time to reevaluate our staffing situation,” said Tony Marquardt. “We are facing a record number of separations this year, on top of a record we set last year.”

Marquardt said it is becoming more difficult for an EMT to move up the ranks, causing some people to leave. He also said the department is hiring fewer workers. The dropping numbers mean more overtime hours for existing medics.

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