Ford County finds it tough to retain EMTs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) -- A western Kansas county is paying advance tuition for two emergency medical technicians seeking paramedic certification in a bid to hire and retain qualified workers.

Fire and EMS Chief Jay Taylor told the Ford County Commission the department has had a hard time retaining EMTs because it's difficult to find employees who can adjust to the relative lack of urban amenities in rural western Kansas. He says the goal is to have at least one paramedic on every truck that heads to a scene, or have a paramedic en route.

The Dodge City Globe reports the commission approved the $10,000 expenditure with the stipulation that the two paramedic students pass the certification exam and sign a contract to work for the county department for at least two years.

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