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TRAA paramedic calling on city council to help fill staffing shortages

TRAA paramedic calling on city council to help fill staffing shortages
TRAA paramedic calling on city council to help fill staffing shortages(Fort Wayne's NBC)
Updated: Jul. 13, 2021 at 10:26 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Some paramedics working for Three Rivers Ambulance Authority say they have been frustrated with the staffing shortages and they are calling on Fort Wayne city council to help.

Jenise Danels says she has worked at TRAA for two years as a paramedic, but she is quitting because of the working conditions.

She attended the city council meeting Tuesday to share her experience and ask for their attention to the problems.

“We are having to do twice as much work, because we have half of the staffing we actually need,” Danels said. “There’s no time for bathroom breaks or for food. Dispatch does try to accommodate, but obviously when 911 calls, we are there.”

She says she loves her job, but she has a son and she’s missing him grow up because of all the mandatory overtime she has to work.

“I wish that I could stay at Three Rivers. I love the people. I love my job,” Danels said.  “Unfortunately I had to make that decision for my family because I want to see my son grow up.”

Gary Booher is the Executive Director of TRAA and he says the staffing shortage has been an issue for the past year.

Booher says they’re working on paying ambulance providers outside of the city to help. They’re just waiting for approval from county leaders.

“We are open to other options as well; our goal is to help give people of Fort Wayne the best care in a timely fashion,” he said.

Councilman Russ Jehl has been at the forefront of the issue.

Tuesday, he called on the city administration and leaders with TRAA to expedite finding solutions to the issues.

Jehl says those leaders will be at the next meeting on July 27th to discussion possible solutions.

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