About 20 people have applied for the full-time positions available in the Starke County EMS Department.
EMS Director Travis Clary told the Starke County Commissioners Monday night that many of those applicants are internal and it will be a difficult choice as all of them are qualified for the positions. He anticipates filling the full-time positions next week.
Clerk Mary Lynn Ritchie said the run volume is increasing again which is helping their revenue numbers. Starke County EMS is the first responder unit called if a transfer is needed from Starke Hospital.
Ritchie also noted that a Memorandum of Understanding between the county and the hospital regarding a county transfer unit has not been returned by the hospital. They are anticipating communication with the hospital soon.
Commissioner Kathy Norem stressed that the staff should be trained on the ambulance BiPAP and ventilator equipment as soon as possible so all employees are trained before the transfer unit is put into service as their use is required by the hospital. Clary said he would check into that today.