Starke County EMS Director Interviewing Paramedics, Issuing Recertifications (2/9)

posted Feb 9, 2018, 8:25 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library
Posted on February 9, 2018
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI 

Paramedics are needed everywhere in the state and nationwide. Starke County EMS Director Travis Clary told the commissioners this week that they are interviewing paramedics for two full-time opportunities.

“We implemented a new standard of hiring which requires a written test, skills test and oral interview to get the best candidate possible,” said Clary. “If nothing else, we can get more part-time paramedics, but really no luck so far. It seems like there’s a shortage nationwide. I know Pulaski County and LaPorte County are kinda hurting. So, that’s where we’re at with that.”

In the meantime, Clary said paramedics on staff were recertified in advanced cardiac life support. He has also traveled to some fire departments to provide medical training.

“We have seven volunteer departments in the county. In the past, a couple of them have decided to kinda get away from the first responder thing just because of training people and things like that. We’re trying to get that back in play so it helps out our community more.”

Clary has also recertified several firefighters in CPR and that same activity will occur at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department later this month.