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No shortage of paramedics

June 14, 2006

Albany - - There is nationwide shortage of paramedics, but Dougherty County is bucking the trend.

In fact, Dougherty EMS recently hired its largest group of paramedics and EMT's ever. Eleven new emergency medical responders joined the department.  

"But about a year ago we hired EMT's because we didn't have any paramedics to promote from part time to full time so a year ago it was a critical shortage and now the shortage is not as critcal," says EMS Director Bobby Tripp.

Dougherty County pays beginning paramdeics and EMT's between 12 to 13 dollars an hour, which is better than most counties pay.

Tripp says better pay, along with growing EMS training programs at Darton College and Albany Technical College, keep the county ahead when it comes to recruiting emeregency medical responders.

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