LFR needs more paramedics, working with low staff

Lincoln Fire and Rescue paramedics show up to every call, but you could be surprised to know they’re in need of more.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln Fire and Rescue paramedics show up to every call, but you could be surprised to know they’re in need of more.
“The local market can only provide so many through the schools and through the system,” said Chief Micheal Despain. “So that’s what we kind of struggle with, but in a perfect world, we’d love to have 15 more paramedics.”
The fire chief says that a day in the life of a paramedic can be non-stop especially with the need for medics continuing to rise.
“They’ll actually be out running calls,” says Despain. “So they’ll be going to a call, transporting that patient to the hospital, or trying to get back. The chances of having a lunch or a dinner, you know, some kind of normal work schedule is not as prevalent for people that are on the ambulance during that day.”
Despain adds that many paramedics can become burnout and more medics would help lighten the load.  We can’t kind of get them the break they need that’s necessary to be sustainable as a paramedic, they will drop their paramedic and we’ll have this case where its kind of a spiral we don’t have enough medics to fill it and the medics that do are tired of getting beat up.
LFR is working with a smaller staff on top of needing more funds to continue their ambulance service. They have asked the council for a five percent increase in an EMS fund to provide proper ambulance service. Keep in mind, LFR must respond to every call for service and 58 % of patients pay less than 39% of billed charges.

“We’re always looking for people from diverse backgrounds,” says Despain. “Especially if you speak a foreign language, in which, we’re always looking for people who can add to that diversity, so please put in and we are always hiring.”
Chief Despain encourages anyone with a servant’s heart to reach out.
For more information, visit https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/fire/employ/employ.htm.

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