Ohio county EMS providers to get $2.5K bonuses

An Athens County Commissioner said that if a grant application is approved, another round of checks may come


By Leila Merrill

ATHENS, Ohio — Employees of Athens County Emergency Medical Services who worked full-time during the pandemic will receive $2,500 bonuses.

Athens County Commissioners met with representatives from IAFF Local 5126 on Tuesday and signed off on the agreement, the Athens Messenger reported.  

Athens County Commissioners met with representatives from IAFF Local 5126 and signed off on an agreement to give full-time employees of Athens County Emergency Medical Services bonuses.
Athens County Commissioners met with representatives from IAFF Local 5126 and signed off on an agreement to give full-time employees of Athens County Emergency Medical Services bonuses. (Photo/Athens County Emergency Medical Services)

American Rescue Plan funds will go toward the bonuses.

Paramedic Steve Pallo said EMS providers have felt underappreciated but the bonuses will help.

“It’s been a brutal two and a half years,” he said.

Commissioner Chris Chmeil apologized for the timing of the bonuses and said the county is applying for another grant that could go toward more EMS bonuses.  

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