Farmington Valley Towns See Few Probl...

Farmington Valley Towns See Few Problems Replacing Paramedic Se...

There are 44 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 6, 2009, titled Farmington Valley Towns See Few Problems Replacing Paramedic Se.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Town officials in the Farmington Valley expect few problems replacing the paramedic services withdrawn by the University of Connecticut Medical Center in Farmington Monday, and may even save money by contracting with private ambulance companies.

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Prospect, CT

#41 May 19, 2009
CT EMT wrote:
The town of Simsbury does not pay for paramedic service. The Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance Association receives no funding from the town, and relies on billing and donations to pay for its career staff.
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That may be true, but it is obvious they also have an active recruitment program and rely on volunteers during the day rather than the copout aka Vintech (who hires the daytime people from the ranks of the volunteers and offers no benefits and no f/t positions) in lieu of a recruitment program.

Good job Simsbury...

Since: Jul 07


#42 May 20, 2009
Not being a Simsbury resident, I was unaware of that fact. Thanks for the correction re: the town's participation & financing.

What happens, if in this economy, the donations and volunteers' well goes dry? Is there a contingency plan for that?

Back to the UConn medics for a second - what is the pulse of the townsfolk in Canton & Avon about losing this service? Has there been any outcry about it or are they just letting it go without any protest? Just curious.

Avon, CT

#43 May 28, 2009
Protest? Outcry? You're kidding right? In today's society we don't do those things anymore, we don't protest, we don't stand up and yell, we don't display any sign of civil disobedience, we just nod our heads like horses at those in charge, complain about our conditions, and never stand up to shake it up.

The FD/EMS group itself is a sheepish organization that just nods to any request comment or other communication from anyone without ever questioning a thing.

They ask for more money every year, the town having to hire EMS staff those that used to be "volunteers" but now are paid by by this shell company called Vintech. Also now they want stipends and pay per call (more personal $$), all while sending out letters for donations touting what "volunteers" they are. Give it a rest...

I guess the answer is - yawn, nod, wink, complain, oh-well...
Hartford Medic

Charlestown, MA

#44 Jul 1, 2009
Based on your great experience with Uconn medics , maybe you should consider that the AMR medics are professionals trained to the same national standard who are treated like indentured servants by the glorified 52 Alpha Uconn paramedics on calls with the exception of a few who are genuinely great guys who did their time in commercial EMS and are the exception.

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