EMS Services are in Critical Need of Workers

The American Ambulance Association is calling on Congress to help train and fill positions before the 911 system cripples.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021 6:22 PM

A lack of paramedics and EMT’s is a nationwide problem, including here in the Tri-State.

Jobs are open in Gibson, Knox, Posey Counties and beyond.

The situation has become dire and has EMS companies scrambling to hire.

It’s the result of workers leaving the force, the shutdown of training schools, the intensity of the job, as well as under-funding.

The Emergency Medical workforce has been dealing with this shortage for years, but the pandemic has caused the issue to spiral into a crisis.

David Pond, Director of Emergency Medical Services in Gibson County, told 44News, “I don’t think EMS has ever been paid like they should have been, but it has really lagged behind in the past few years. Then you throw Covid onto it. It has just been a disaster.”

The President of the American Ambulance Association says the EMS Response System has been crippled by the pandemic.

The association says the country’s 911 system needs congressional help and has sent a letter to lawmakers requesting action.

At a local level, EMS companies are urging their communities to help out. “Call your senators and representatives and tell them what’s going on. Make sure they are aware that EMS is in big trouble,” Pond said.

EMT training takes around 4 months and classes can be found all over the Tri-State. They also say paramedic schooling typically takes two years.

Pond told 44News, “It’s a hard job. It’s emotionally hard. It’s physically hard. But people have a desire to help their fellow man. I think that’s where a lot of it starts. Then once you get into it and you go out and experience what you can do to help somebody, it’s very rewarding.”

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It was another chilly start across the Tri-State; while we only dipped as low as 43° in Evansville, many others across the Tri-State fell into the upper 30s earlier this morning. The cool air didn't linger long however, temperatures quickly reached back into the mid 70s across the region this afternoon - higher pressure camped out over the southeastern quarter of the country will continue to keep the skies above the Tri-State clear while gradually driving temperatures higher over the next few days. Despite our anticipated southerly winds this evening, you may still want to grab a jacket before your head out to dinner; after seeing a temperature near 64° around dinnertime, we'll fall off toward the mid to upper 50s by 10 o'clock. Overnight lows will again dwindle into the mid to low 40s for the majority of the Ohio Valley early Tuesday morning.
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