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Committee to study cross-training Lee emergency workers

June 26, 2007

Lee County--  After years of debate, Lee County safety leaders could soon decide if cross-training EMS and firefighters would work for the county.

Tuesday night, commissioners voted to set up a committee to study the pros and cons of cross-training emergency workers. The idea hasn't gone far in the past. Some emergency workers believe they'll be paid one salary for doing two jobs. Supporters believe it would increase safety.

Commissioner Ed Duffy supports the study but feels something needs to be done now to beef up safety.

"It takes 15 to 17 minutes for an ambulance to get from Century into my district. If we put a defibrillator on the fire engine and medication, we have a paramedic available to use that equipment probably to save someone's life," said Duffy.  

That defribillator would cost about 20-thousand dollars. No word yet on who will serve on the committee but county leaders want it to be an outside, unbiased group.

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