Hobart officials ponder ambulance service cost cuts, including pay

2013-04-15T20:01:00Z 2013-04-17T20:03:05Z Hobart officials ponder ambulance service cost cuts, including payDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The Hobart City Council is considering what some believe is a cost-effective move for compensating the city's cross-trained firefighters.

The council is scheduled to vote at its 6 p.m meeting Wednesday on an ordinance providing for adjustments to the pay of emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

The issue, which was discussed at the Ordinance Committee meeting April 3, will involve payments to firefighters for work done during their shift, said City Councilman David Vinzant, D-4th.

Under the proposed ordinance, city firefighters would continue to receive base pay earned during their shift.

Those firefighters who go out on ambulance calls during that same shift would receive an additional premium as compensation for their paramedic/emergency medical technician duties, Vinzant said.

Those firefighters not going out on ambulance calls — but remaining in the station — would not receive the premium.

The ordinance, which will be under discussion at the meeting, needs two readings before it is approved, Vinzant said.

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