Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Tri-Town to pay volunteers


Date: 11/16/21

Re: Staffing

It is no secret that nationally healthcare in all forms has been facing an unprecedented challenge these past few years.

Tri-Town is no exception. Tri-Town has served Gasport, Middleport, Terrys Corners and Hartland since 1968. It is our mission to continue our service well into the future as your local EMS provider.
At our last company meeting we have approved an initiative aimed at growing our responder roster and remaining a viable local solution to EMS needs.

While we will remain a not-for-profit volunteer organization; starting January 1, 2022 we will be offering a "paid-per-call" initiative.

We see it within our roster where members have dual income households, and some are holding 2 jobs to help make ends meet. With 3-4 hour calls becoming the "norm", we feel if we offer an incentive it could assist in EMS providers willing to help the "local issue" while earning a stipend to help their families.

Over the past several years we have seen a growing number of calls going to Buffalo and Rochester, where a call may exceed 4 hours.

This stipend program is aimed to assist in growing our local responder base and keeping a local EMS resource viable.

All current and future members are automatically enrolled in this "paid-on-call" initiative, and have the option to "opt-out" of payment. For those who are enrolled in the "paid-per-call" initiative, you will be paid as a vendor and will receive a tax document at the end of the year to claim on your annual tax filings.

To be part of this, you must be a member of our company and pulling 12 hours per month on our schedule. You will still earn "pay-per-call" while on the schedule, but as a minimum benchmark you must pull duty hours in addition to any "off-duty" calls you may want to respond on.

The pay schedule is as follows:

Drivers: $40.00 per call
EMT-Basic: $45.00 per call
AEMT: $50.00 per call
EMT-CC/Medic: $60.00 per call

If interested, you may apply now or anytime in the future. We have increased our new member committee to incorporate all Line Officers and several Board nenbers to tackle what we hope is a surge in applications.

You may apply on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Philip Richardson
Tri-Town Ambulance