Anderson County loses 9 EMS workers to other agencies

Anderson County loses 9 EMS workers to other agencies

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When fully staffed, Anderson County EMS has 56 ambulance workers, but they lost nine since January. When fully staffed, Anderson County EMS has 56 ambulance workers, but they lost nine since January.
Officials expect to see a slight spike in overtime for EMS workers until they fill the vacant positions. Officials expect to see a slight spike in overtime for EMS workers until they fill the vacant positions.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Anderson County Emergency Medical Services has lost nine employees so far this year to other EMS agencies, but the department said the changes are not affecting services.

When fully staffed, Anderson County EMS has 56 ambulance workers, but they lost nine since January.

"We hate to see them go," Anderson County EMS Director Nathan Sweet said. "They're great medics."

Sweet said five of those positions are in the process of being filled, with new workers going through orientation. They're currently reviewing qualified applicants to fill the remaining vacancies.

Sweet said the former employees left to take higher paying jobs at other EMS agencies.

"They are leaving mostly going to the Loudon and Knox County Rural/Metro areas," Sweet said.

Nine EMS workers at the Blount County Rural/Metro Headquarters resigned earlier this month to take jobs at Priority One Ambulance, a new private EMS agency.

"You really have a high stakes competition going on for paramedics and so we have lost some employees who are going to fill the gaps at Rural/Metro," Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said.

Sweet said they do expect to see a slight spike in overtime for EMS workers until they fill the vacant positions.

Sweet said despite the challenges, the department is keeping up with its services.

"We haven't seen any change in our system as far as response or truck status goes," Sweet said. "Nothing has changed. The community is getting the same thing they were getting two months ago."

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