EMS workers in small towns brace for epidemic - VPR

If the coronavirus really hits Vermont, ambulance and other emergency workers will be on the front lines.

“In Grafton, we have a lot of people who do travel. They have the means to do that,” Hermiz said. “I think having people who would travel to China is not out of the question. We do have a lot of tourism, as many places in Vermont, right? So if you talk about a place that’s going to be a crossroads for people who have potentially been infected, I think it’s inevitable.”

Vermont Department of Health Chief of Emergency Medical Services Dan Batsie said most of the EMS workers in Vermont are volunteers.

There are about 180 rescue and ambulance squads in the state, and only eight of them have full-time paid staff. The rest rely on volunteers who are otherwise busy with their day jobs."


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