Lawmaker Addresses EMT Shortage

An EMT shortage has gotten the attention of a local lawmaker. Karen Johnson reports.

It’s both a local and a statewide problem so a Sullivan County lawmaker is taking action. Representative John Crawford sponsored a bill, recently passed in both the House and Senate, to help local ambulance services hire more EMTs. The bill allows local ambulance services to teach in house basic EMT and advanced EMT classes. It’s something, right now, they’re not allowed to do. Crawford says that could help make it easier for hirees to get training and for companies to hire more medical technicians, decrease wait times and even save lives. I’m Karen Johnson.