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  Subject: How to keep a Volunteer ALS EMS Service volunteer in 1 month

On: 2/17/2004
My EMS Service could be closed down due to lack of Paramedics. The membership and company gave the members 1 month to find a solution to the problem. I, being an EMT, would like to go to paramedic school, but it takes 13 months of schooling to accomplish that. I need some ideas in 1 month. Please help me if you can. you can also email me with your comments.

thank you for your time

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Post By: TrekMedic

On: 2/20/2004
I wish I could help you, but in my experience, most ALS squads generally run paid crews.
In my county and in the next county over, the individual EMS squads have paid ALS crews 24/7, supported by volunteer BLS providers.
The revenue generated from providing ALS-level care is usually enough to justify the payroll expense.
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Post By: geri709

On: 3/6/2004
here in NY we have EMT-CC (critical care) that supply ALS services. Many depts here are going combo Paid/Volunteer members. You only have 10 months of school vs. 13 months and the cost is much cheaper. Is this any option your dept. can look into and is this an obtainable level in your state. The cost is much lower also. Good luck.
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Post By: redmedusa41

On: 3/12/2004
We have both paid/volly. We run paid from 8-5, one sometimes 2. so all you need is a driver. If many squads in your county are hurt for help, you can start up a medic chase car. If it's county wide, you may get a grant or funding from your county. The medic would get dispatched and meet the truck enroute. This utilizes your already existing squads, and all that they have to maintain is a car or truck. Many, many all volunteer squads are having to do this. We had to start last Sept. do to the lack of volunteers. People just don't volunteer anymore, and it's sad.I am a FF/EMT, and my FD has paid personel also. Good luck. RM41
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