What is your service doing to attract applicants?

MMiz

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With a national shortage of EMS providers, what is your service doing to attract candidates?

Pay raises? Sign on bonuses?
 

Fezman92

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10K sign on bonus but I think that may stop offering it at the end of the month.
 

jgmedic

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Fire trucks and a pension. Still not working though, when every department in the area is hiring for way more pay and a better retirement.
 

Aprz

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They were offering $7k sign on bonus AFTER I got hired. I am bummed I missed out on that, but happy I got the job and location. My previous employer is offering $15k. Otherwise not much more I think?
 

CALEMT

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Fire trucks and a pension. Still not working though, when every department in the area is hiring for way more pay and a better retirement.

I’d say better pay and schedule. Can’t beat lifetime medical that you get with the state.
 

DrParasite

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I’d say better pay and schedule. Can’t beat lifetime medical that you get with the state.
until the next administration eliminates that perk... as happened to us a few years ago...
 

CALEMT

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until the next administration eliminates that perk... as happened to us a few years ago...

They can do that... in 30 years when I'm retired.

In all seriousness, thats realistically the only thing keeping me working in CA.
 

Tigger

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Best pay in the county with nearly free insurance (4% of premium), pension, and big red trucks. New people go to a “top” fire academy, free paramedic school for those that want it. Our new chief scrapped our hiring of “experienced” paramedics for single role positions that came with the firefighter/paramedics pay and benefits.

Still only had 97 applicants for our two spots, I’d have guessed many more. But everyone’s hiring and we’re far from the best paying on the front range.

AMR here is offering a 5k sign on bonus to paramedics and a new wage of 22/hr.

Mountain job won’t get with the times and is struggling for applicants.
 

DrParasite

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16 year olds can apply
I'm assuming/hoping you are talking about volunteers right?

As for the original question:

my former agency in NJ has increased starting salaries by almost $5 an hour since I was there (TT1825: Probationary Rate: $22.99/hr.; Job Rate: $23.49/hr.; Two Year Rate:$24.20/hr.)

They have also created an apprentice program, for new EMTs who want to be there, and pay more than I was starting at ( $18.14/hr.; Job Rate:$18.64/hr.; Two Year Rate:$19.20/hr.)

They have also raised their full time paramedic rates to over 30hr.

My former employers in NC haven't done anything, and they are desperate for qualified people. turnover is absurdly high, trucks go OOS daily due to lack of staffing, 20 minute responses are not uncommon, and they can't get people cleared fast enough. Apparently they, too, have started an apprentice program, to get more paramedics in house.

TBH, every so often I think about going back to working on the ambulance part time... just for extra money... but in the end, I realize it's not worth it for me to do so
 

Arctan

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I'm assuming/hoping you are talking about volunteers right?

As for the original question:

my former agency in NJ has increased starting salaries by almost $5 an hour since I was there (TT1825: Probationary Rate: $22.99/hr.; Job Rate: $23.49/hr.; Two Year Rate:$24.20/hr.)

They have also created an apprentice program, for new EMTs who want to be there, and pay more than I was starting at ( $18.14/hr.; Job Rate:$18.64/hr.; Two Year Rate:$19.20/hr.)

They have also raised their full time paramedic rates to over 30hr.

My former employers in NC haven't done anything, and they are desperate for qualified people. turnover is absurdly high, trucks go OOS daily due to lack of staffing, 20 minute responses are not uncommon, and they can't get people cleared fast enough. Apparently they, too, have started an apprentice program, to get more paramedics in house.

TBH, every so often I think about going back to working on the ambulance part time... just for extra money... but in the end, I realize it's not worth it for me to do so
Yeah, Volunteers, sadly for me.
 

Chimpie

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I'm having the hardest time hiring EMTs. I need four, Monday through Friday, 8 hour shifts, $1K sign on bonus., $18.50/hr (which is good for our area - or at least I thought).
 

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