• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

County ambulance service shorthanded because of COVID

Updated: Jul 27

American Medical Response (AMR) employees have been short-handed the last couple weeks because COVID, but managed to cover all the calls. (File photo)

MOUND CITY – Ambulance and fire call numbers and other updates were given to the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, July 18.

American Medical Response (AMR) representative Louis Aloi told the commissioners that AMR had received and average of 4.25 calls per day the past week. There were 26 calls and 19 transports.

He said that Linn County AMR had been working being short two paramedics and one Emergency medical technician (EMT) for a while. Last week, there were five people out with COVID, but they still managed the calls.

He reported that AMR has hired a new paramedic and EMT. He said that the company had been giving classes to supervisors on how to recruit and retain employees. He said that AMR had paid the new paramedics $7,500 schooling costs.

He told the commissioners that last year 10,000 new EMTs had registered with the National EMT association. The east coast is suffering from a lack of about 10,000 EMTs this year.

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