July 17, 2013 | Volume 100/Number 28

Former EMT Speaks Of Hostile Working Conditions

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The availability of a good ambulance service to our community has been primarily due to the dedication of EMTs. Some EMTs are compensated for their work, but Glasgow and the surrounding areas are a volunteer service and are really on call 24/7. Yes, they operate per schedule and the Glasgow personnel gets some pay, but the size of your service dictates in part, just how much time you are “on call.” Many of those that have needed emergency service are aware that EMS personnel respond even though they are not on call.

As a former EMT, I know that the EMTs of this area work u...

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