Grainger County EMT youth program looks to spark interest in field

     Coming up Tuesday, April 19 at the Blaine Fire Hall, the Grainger County EMS Explorer Program will gather for it’s next meeting. Grainger County EMS is among many in its field suffering from staffing shortages. The Explorer Program introduces Grainger County and Washburn High School students to the emergency medical field.

     After a HazMat Awareness class, CPR training and a probationary period, students aged 15 and older, have the opportunity to ride along with paramedics and EMTs on some emergency calls, teaching them about the EMT field and perhaps light a spark and a desire to want to be a public servant.

     In Hamblen County, efforts continue to try to retain its current staff, and fill a number of open positions within the Morristown-Hamblen EMS. A salary increase for it’s workers went into effect 2 weeks ago, as the county has been losing paramedics and EMTs to neighboring counties who pay more, with a less stressful work load.