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Kennewick Brings In New Lifesavers To Fill Paramedic Staff

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As a team of Kennewick paramedics say goodbye to some of their most experienced lifesavers, that means they are down a few good guys. As a team of Kennewick paramedics say goodbye to some of their most experienced lifesavers, that means they are down a few good guys.
KENNEWICK, WA - As a team of Kennewick paramedics say goodbye to some of their most experienced lifesavers, that means they are down a few good guys.

When two of Kennewick fire department’s best lifesavers retired recently it left the team somewhat short staffed. Currently about 25% of the paramedic staff could retire within the next five years. These positions are some of the highest paid in the city with some of them making six figure salaries. They are also the ones who we sometimes trust  with our lives.

"Paramedics and fire fighters that are going into people's homes at the most vulnerable time possibly in their life and we need to know that we are entrusting that great responsibility with high quality people," explained Fire Captain Eric Nilson.

In Washington State before they even go to school for the job, one year of EMT experience is required. In 2013 people made over 8,000 calls for service in Kennewick. Almost 80% of those were for paramedics. It is that reason alone that the department spent months and months looking for the best and the brightest and that is what they say they have with their two new recruits.
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