GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Georgetown-Scott County emergency medical services are struggling to find and keep paramedics.
A new program has been created to try and fix the problem.
A certified paramedic program can cost around $6,000 and that price tag can be the difference in someone becoming a paramedic.
On Friday, the Scott County fiscal court approved the county paying $3,000 up front for their emergency medical technicians to get trained.
Paramedics will get an additional $1,000 each year for three years if they stay in Scott County.
“We hope that we can guarantee that we will have the staffing available to serve our community,” said Brandon Remley, EMS Director.
For one EMT, this program will help him complete paramedic training and will encourage him to stay in Scott County.
“This is not just a means of gaining and keeping paramedics; this is an investment into their people,” said Benjamin Bradford, EMT.
The EMS director says he has two emergency medical technicians in training and four more that are interested.