livingthedream

United States

#62 Apr 24, 2013
Also for "Bronston Man". Your medicare rate is waaayyy off. Really? More than $219/ mile? I don't think so scooter.
carson

Elizabethtown, IN

#64 Apr 24, 2013
livingthedream wrote:
I am a Paramedic, and I don't make the average. Where are you getting your info? In polling surrounding counties, Pulaski County has the highest pay rate, and I can tell you the county magistrates make more than Paramedics.<quoted text>
I was an EMT 20+ years ago in a really violent city. I got out of it because it was too much risk for the money. We dealt with gun shot wounds, stab wounds, drug and alcohol overdose. I'm guessing Somerset / PC is pretty calm compared to city EMS. It was the wild west back then.
Anonymous

United States

#65 Apr 24, 2013
You, sir (and I use the term loosely) have no idea what you're talking about. It's so frustrating to come to these sites looking for intelligent conversation.

Firstly, nobody "robs" equipment. There are cameras installed outside of the building as well as common areas and supply room which are monitored remotely by several key people at any given time. This is because the EMS building is across from the jail, and has had a couple of break-ins on vehicles in the parking lot. BY THE WAY, EMS is not the only city building which is monitored.

Secondly, there are no unnecessary positions. Not including office staff (for billing), Every person employed is either an EMT or Paramedic and therefore able and willing to make ambulance runs.

Thirdly, abuse...really? What do you know from Adam's house cat anyway? The only abuse going on is the fact that you undervalue the trained service that is running in this area. It's easy to try to blame the employees. However, that's the wrong answer. If you'd take time to read fiscal audits (which are available to every citizen) then you'd know how much a service costs as well as where all the "profit" goes.

Lastly, Pulaski is the third largest county in Kentucky. There are more than 65,000 residents. Our EMS makes as many runs as large metro services. Last year alone was almost 13,000. You can call 911-dispatch to verify that number buddy.

Some counties surrounding Pulaski (Russell and Wayne for instance) use an ambulance taxing district to pay for medical services. I see nothing wrong with that. But it's asinine to think that profit will be made.

Maybe the best fix is for you to take the training, obtain a degree, and open your own profitable service. What would your business model look like? I've been doing this for more than a decade, and honey I ain't ever seen a rich Paramedic.

Wellstone wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm guessing they have created a couple of unnecessary positions for family members. Employees carrying home medical supplies, motor oil etc. for everyone they know. Abuse abuse abuse.
Constant kickbacks being paid to dissuade audits.
Really, a privately owned company is the only way to keep a profitable business from being abused into the red and that's not 100%.
gonzo

London, KY

#67 Apr 24, 2013
livingthedream wrote:
I am a Paramedic, and I don't make the average. Where are you getting your info? In polling surrounding counties, Pulaski County has the highest pay rate, and I can tell you the county magistrates make more than Paramedics.<quoted text>
Yep! and this is so wrong...when I am dying I don't call a magistrate, no the pay scale for services is wrong. Cannot remember the last time a magistrate did anything for me, except be stupid. Wish they would follow the city of Somerset and Burnside and put their meetings on cable...be like SNL here in town. Oh well another election will be soon...
Well

Tucker, GA

#68 Apr 24, 2013
Jaded Sage wrote:
You, sir (and I use the term loosely) have no idea what you're talking about. It's so frustrating to come to these sites looking for intelligent conversation.
Firstly, nobody "robs" equipment. There are cameras installed outside of the building as well as common areas and supply room which are monitored remotely by several key people at any given time. This is because the EMS building is across from the jail, and has had a couple of break-ins on vehicles in the parking lot. BY THE WAY, EMS is not the only city building which is monitored.
Secondly, there are no unnecessary positions. Not including office staff (for billing), Every person employed is either an EMT or Paramedic and therefore able and willing to make ambulance runs.
Thirdly, abuse...really? What do you know from Adam's house cat anyway? The only abuse going on is the fact that you undervalue the trained service that is running in this area. It's easy to try to blame the employees. However, that's the wrong answer. If you'd take time to read fiscal audits (which are available to every citizen) then you'd know how much a service costs as well as where all the "profit" goes.
Lastly, Pulaski is the third largest county in Kentucky. There are more than 65,000 residents. Our EMS makes as many runs as large metro services. Last year alone was almost 13,000. You can call 911-dispatch to verify that number buddy.
Some counties surrounding Pulaski (Russell and Wayne for instance) use an ambulance taxing district to pay for medical services. I see nothing wrong with that. But it's asinine to think that profit will be made.
Maybe the best fix is for you to take the training, obtain a degree, and open your own profitable service. What would your business model look like? I've been doing this for more than a decade, and honey I ain't ever seen a rich Paramedic.
<quoted text>
I just want to say thank you. Our family met some of the paramedics during an unfortunate incident with a family member. Ive never seen such a kind competent group. It seriously hurts me to think the employees are being blamed for this fiasco by anyone. I don't want to depend on a half trained strictly for profit service. We all know who is to blame. It's a power struggle plain and simple.
emt

Pineville, KY

#69 Apr 25, 2013
I hear that the city has given them 4 options to take care of this and the county is waiting till the last minute to decide what to do, not a smart thing, people in the county along with EMS needs this settled now!!!!! So county whatever your going to do do it and quit messing around.
Gramma

Somerset, KY

#70 Apr 25, 2013
wow wrote:
<quoted text>
Seems like people are concerned about spelling and punctuation, lets see what they worry about when they live in the county or a family member and need EMS and no one shows up for a hour . You dummys should be worried about that.
There should be a period after punctuation instead of a comma. Those are two independent clauses, and should not be joined by a comma.
agatha

London, KY

#72 Apr 27, 2013
Victor Bayou hope you are never in the position to need help and no one is there. The local EMS workers are a blessing to many people. Sometimes management or regulation of the EMS are the problem.

Level 8

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#73 Apr 27, 2013
Better leave the EMS alone - Taxis don't make good ambulances -
wow

Pineville, KY

#74 Apr 28, 2013
Gramma wrote:
<quoted text>
There should be a period after punctuation instead of a comma. Those are two independent clauses, and should not be joined by a comma.
Who cares? I sure in the heck don't.
agatha

London, KY

#75 Apr 28, 2013
Woman in SC being charged for fraud of 911 and using EMS as a taxi. Cost 400,000.00 over 7 years. Think this will happen around here?
Freedom Aint Free

Somerset, KY

#76 Apr 29, 2013
Welcome to healthcare-for-profit. The Amurkan way.
swerth

Louisville, KY

#77 Apr 29, 2013
Freedom Aint Free wrote:
Welcome to healthcare-for-profit. The Amurkan way.
Government regulation and insurance companies created all of the problems in American healthcare. Now, we've given them complete control of the entire system. How can so many people be so ignorant?
brokeasajoke

Pineville, KY

#78 Apr 29, 2013
I have never trusted Girdler in much of anything, he is a politician but on this one i have to admit i was wrong, the city has given the county many options and they are the ones holding up this EMS problem, i guess they don't care enough about the EMS in the county to keep it top of the line as it is right now, excellence costs money, pony up the cash magistrates. You will lose on this one. You don't have enough money to pay your people much less start up a new EMS. I am sure the first pay checks written every couple of weeks are for the judge , the magistrates and for their family insurance.

Level 1

Since: Mar 13

Somerset, KY

#79 Apr 29, 2013
Several comments I want to touch base on, I am an insider on this situation, I have run a private service on far less that the 5 million that SPCEMS runs on annually but didn't make near as many runs that we do here and for this county it is not possible to own and operate one, especially if the city invokes their own occupational tax.

Again the reason for this post, no one loses here but the general public. All be it I do not agree with the tactics I see no other way to ensure the continuation of EMS making runs into the county with out negotiating with the mayor.

Now to those that are retired from this service thank you for blazing the trail. Those that work here now and in surrounding counties thank you for protecting my family when I am not at work.

The answer to the question how much do they make, how many runs, ect, EMTs start at 25,980 and paramedics start out at 31,620 last year we made 12,100 and change.

Level 8

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#80 Apr 29, 2013
I got $5 per hr. for loadin' , unloadin' , and drivin' - WOW -
carson

Indianapolis, IN

#81 Apr 29, 2013
TitanPrometheus wrote:
Several comments I want to touch base on, I am an insider on this situation, I have run a private service on far less that the 5 million that SPCEMS runs on annually but didn't make near as many runs that we do here and for this county it is not possible to own and operate one, especially if the city invokes their own occupational tax.
Again the reason for this post, no one loses here but the general public. All be it I do not agree with the tactics I see no other way to ensure the continuation of EMS making runs into the county with out negotiating with the mayor.
Now to those that are retired from this service thank you for blazing the trail. Those that work here now and in surrounding counties thank you for protecting my family when I am not at work.
The answer to the question how much do they make, how many runs, ect, EMTs start at 25,980 and paramedics start out at 31,620 last year we made 12,100 and change.
33+ runs per day? That means one 5th of the population of the county rides an ambulance every year?

Level 1

Since: Mar 13

Somerset, KY

#82 Apr 29, 2013
I think it's just 1/10th and they just do it a lot lol
agatha

Greenbrier, AR

#83 Apr 29, 2013
EMS has frequent flyers. This people have very poor health. Like people with cancer, heart, or breathing problems. People with falls are a big repeat users. I thank EMS for going out to help each of the people.
carson

Elizabethtown, IN

#84 Apr 30, 2013
TitanPrometheus wrote:
I think it's just 1/10th and they just do it a lot lol
10 X 12100 = 121000 There's not 121000 people in the county. There's somewhere around 60,000.

60,000 divided by 12100 = 4.959 or a 5th.

Either way 1 in 5 people don't ride an ambulance. Their are handicap transports in PC. EMS was never intended to be a taxi.

I would be curious to know how many actual "emergency" runs EMS makes. One a day, maybe?

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