Answering the call in Ashburnham - Se...

Answering the call in Ashburnham - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 4 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 9, 2011, titled Answering the call in Ashburnham - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

The people of Ashburnham can rest easier now that Fire Chief Paul Zbikowski and Town Administrator Doug Briggs have devised a new plan to staff on-call EMTs for the town.

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WOW

Townsend, MA

#1 Jan 18, 2011
HUH?
The Insider

Centerville, MA

#2 Jan 19, 2011
$150 to cover them to recertify ? Yeah thats an incentive. 30 years ago volunteers were useful because there were many local large companies (Digital) that let their workers leave for a call. But people with jobs now have to commute long distances so they are not available locally anymore. And for them to cover a shift on their time off as a volunteer without reimbursement will be a tough sell in this economy. If an annual stipend is offered at $3000 annually then maybe you may see some dedicated volunteers. The stipend will have to have an obligation of minimum calls that have to be responded to or else they will not be paid their stipend. I cannot see volunteers running out and signing up for available open shifts especially during the summer and vacation season. In this age full time firefighters/emts are still the best option even in the small towns.
family

Fitchburg, MA

#3 Jun 23, 2012
The Insider wrote:
$150 to cover them to recertify ? Yeah thats an incentive. 30 years ago volunteers were useful because there were many local large companies (Digital) that let their workers leave for a call. But people with jobs now have to commute long distances so they are not available locally anymore. And for them to cover a shift on their time off as a volunteer without reimbursement will be a tough sell in this economy. If an annual stipend is offered at $3000 annually then maybe you may see some dedicated volunteers. The stipend will have to have an obligation of minimum calls that have to be responded to or else they will not be paid their stipend. I cannot see volunteers running out and signing up for available open shifts especially during the summer and vacation season. In this age full time firefighters/emts are still the best option even in the small towns.
You have a lot of information on the subject
Oh Really

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Jun 24, 2012
family wrote:
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You have a lot of information on the subject
It's called common sense. Something you know nothing about. What a tool.

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