EMS needs paramedics

EMS needs more paramedics
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - The Trumann Emergency Medical Service needs a paramedic and an EMT.

They have been trying to fill these positions since December.

According to Eric Leasure, a paramedic, the hours have been long for them because of the shortage.

Paramedic classes in the area put out eight to ten students at a time.

Leasure said passing rates are about five to seven students.

Having one less paramedic has put him and his team in a bind.

"Sometimes like what we are doing right now, there's myself and one more paramedic that works here and we are working 72 hours at a time right now," Leasure said. "So, I won't get off for two or three more days."

Once the EMS gets a paramedic to fill the full-time position, they will have normal hours of two days on and four days off.

Leasure says a candidate is expected for an interview soon.

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