"EMS and the City" | Recap from Tonight's (6/19/14) City Council Meeting via City of Rockport

Posted on: June 19, 2014--"City Council tabled the agenda item "Deliberate and act on alternatives for emergency medical services" at its June 19th meeting, which was convened at 4 pm. The decision was based upon two factors. The first was the receipt of a letter from ACEMS at 1:29 pm today that changed the ACEMS imposed deadline for a final City Council decision from July 1 to July 8 and also reduced the per call subsidy from $237.15 to $219.12, which is the now the same rate ratified by the County. Secondly, the Mayor spoke to elected representatives from the various government entities in attendance and all agreed to a 10 am meeting on Tuesday, July 1 to hear the results of the study being conducted by the EMS consultant; however, following the meeting various scheduling conflicts were discovered so the date and time of the joint meeting will be scheduled for later in July. A packet containing a staff memo outlining possible alternatives for service and correspondence from three interested providers is available." Click for link


Anonymous said…
As a EMT and a resident of the Rockport area the cost of the per call is too low. As I see it you are probably paying the medics a lower wage than what the norm is for most areas. You pay for what you get I guess.
I have tried to get hired on a several agencies but failed to do so because of costs. Now Im writing Automotive Service because I cant get a job in my field.
I would have to work at several services just to put food on the table and a roof over our heads.
The more that is cut out of the price of a call the more would be cut out of our pay checks and our families.
I know as costs go up to serve the public the medics pay goes down and costs to do business goes up. I read an article the other day on here addressing that issue. I costs most medics from 1000 dollars for an ECA to 9-10,000 for a paramedic and you only want to pay 12 to 14 dollars an hour. Doesn't even pay on the loan.
Most larger cities pay an ECA /EMT starting at 11 an hour and Paramedics at least 18 or more an hour plus benefits.
You cut costs you hurt the people you serve and quality of care and meds that you are suppose to carry and your transport units suffer to.
Maybe consider volunteer EMS.

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