Pulaski County EMS Director Nikki Lowry told the commissioners Monday night that she has hired seven part-time personnel to help with the shortage of staff and training is ongoing this week.
While that helps cover shifts, Lowry explained that only one of those hired is a paramedic. All of the other new hires are basic life service trained only. One may move to a full-time position. She said at least one paramedic is needed per shift and there is one on each shift now.
Two of her employees are currently interviewing at other departments and Lowry may lose those employees soon. Lowry has stressed to the commissioners and to the council that they need to work together to offer better incentives or a better wage package to keep staff in Pulaski County.
Lowry continues to look for paramedics to fill shifts. For more information, call (574) 946-0360.