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Letters Exposing the Secrets ity of the crews are full time, but there must change it ourselves, because, as WE WANT TO I am writing in response to Thom are many part-timers on staff who do has always been the case in our com- HEAR FROM YOU! Dick’s article in the February issue. an occasional shift. Full-timers are munities, it will not be done unless we E-mail letters to the Editor to: For 30 years, we were a county- paid a better wage and part-timers do it. We should all be working toward Nancy.Perry owned (but not county-wide) service are paid the same as before, but at a this goal, even us “old-timers” who @cygnusb2b.com with some full-time salaried staff better rate. We recently also acquired drag our feet at change. It must be Letters may be and about twice that number of paid the previously privately owned service done and the sooner the better for all. edited for clarity part-timers or volunteers, who were in the next small town. All in all, the Joanne Moore, EMT-I and to conform paid a small stipend per shift. Most community is better served with this Douglas, WY to space requirements. of us part-timers had other full-time arrangement and the higher level jobs—some in EMS, some not. We felt of training. I am a part-timer at the This letter is in response to Thom we were providing the best service end of a 30-year career, with most of Dick’s article EMS’ Dirty Secret in the we could to our community, which is my full-time jobs also in EMS. I thor- February issue. a somewhat rural area with energy- oughly agree we probably were hurting First, I am not picking on volun- related industry (oil, gas, coal, etc.). ourselves and our community by being teers. They are goodhearted people Most of us placed EMS ﬁrst and family volunteers or paid volunteers. I encour- who simply want to help. There is no second on many occasions. There was age all the younger EMTs to make it a doubt that they have an important role no choice; if we did not do it, it would career and earn a decent living. Do in today’s EMS system; however, they not be done. And who among us would
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