BROADALBIN - To ensure service during the daytime, the Broadalbin Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be adding paid paramedics and emergency medical technicians to work the day shift beginning in January.
Chris Georgia, head of the department, said the paid paramedics will make $15 an hour and the EMTs will make $12 an hour.
The funding will come from insurance reimbursements.
Georgia said the added staff will improve the service the department can provide for the town and village as well as portions of the towns of Mayfield and Perth.
"We're very excited to be able to provide a more consistent, high level care to our community," he said. "Everyone so far is looking forward to the security it will provide for their friends and family. So far we've had support."
Town Supervisor Joe DiGiacomo said the new staff will definitely help, but noted the staff is usually good anyway.
"Years ago they didn't answer a lot of calls," DiGiacomo said. "But in the last few years they've been super. [The new staff] will improve the department definitely. It will help with any dead time during the day. With any volunteer organization it's tough to get people in during the day."
The new staff will work Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the volunteers will take the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shifts and all of the weekend shifts.
Currently the department is assisted by Fulton County EMTs and paramedics, but Georgia said he knows how much this will improve the coverage for the area.
"This will provide shorter response times," he said. "It will allow us [to provide] quicker service than what we're able to do now."
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