New paramedics joined the Culver-Union Township EMS staff.
EMS Director Kathy Hart notified the Culver Town Council
members on Tuesday night that she was able to hire three new paramedics to join
The struggle to find paramedics has been a region-wide issue
for several years. Hart previously shared
that surrounding departments utilize paramedics for overtime so sometimes they’re
not available to work at the Culver department.
The Culver Town Council members approved an ordinance
amendment in 2017 that increases the hourly wage for a new advanced paramedic
to a range from $10.00 to $15.50 an hour.
With wage increases since then, it is higher now.
Culver-Union Township EMS will have to
wait until February for a decision on its proposed rate increase.
Back in October, EMS Director Kathy Hart presented proposals to raise
rates by 20 or 25 percent. But up until now, no public hearing has
been scheduled to move ahead with the process.
The Culver-Union Township EMS staff will host an open house Tuesday, Oct. 24 prior to the Culver Town Council meeting.
The department recently purchased a new ambulance and the service recently upgraded to paramedic status. Those attending the open house will learn more about those services as well as receive free blood pressure and glucose checks.
The Culver-Union Township EMS Department is available for growth.
During her report to the Culver Town Council this week, EMS Director Kathy Hart said that she has interviewed four candidates for two open part-time positions, but she was hoping that she could build the personnel pool. She had not filled those positions at the time of the council meeting on Monday.
The Town of Culver is moving ahead with the purchase of a new ambulance. On Tuesday, the town council voted to approve its share of the $128,000 cost. Union Township is also expected to contribute funds. Continue reading →