Ambulance, EMT first responders face ‘crippling workforce shortage’ | TheHill

The survey of 258 EMS organizations across the country found that in 2020, nearly a third of the workforce left their ambulance company after less than a year. Eleven percent left within the first three months. “I have not heard of any state that feels like they’re not in a bit of a crisis mode for first responders, paramedics in particular,” said Shawn Baird, the association’s president.  

Baird said staffing shortages have been a “systemic” problem, but COVID-19 hit the pipeline of new recruits hard. Training programs paused or shut down entirely, and the National Registry of EMTs stopped its certification testing.

Ambulance, EMT first responders face ‘crippling workforce shortage’ | TheHill