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Propose added incentive pay to bolster Tama Ambulance volunteer numbers

August 12, 2017
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama Ambulance Service's need for volunteer EMTs and drivers, especially for weekends, has prompted a call for an increase in on-call and trip pay. Duane Backen, Ambulance Service director, told the Tama City Council on Monday night, Aug. 7, it is hoped boosting pay for on-call time from the current $3 to $4 hourly would attract new members as well as former volunteers. Trip pay would be increased from $15 to $20.

The increases would cost a total of $180 weekly.

The runs pay the same whether the ambulance transports to nearby locations in Marshalltown or Grinnell or more distance hospitals such as in Iowa City or Des Moines.

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Don Weitzell, paramedic on the service currently works four 10-hour days. he is willing to work a schedule of one week of five 10-hour days alternating with a week of four 10-hour days.

No action on the requests was taken by the council on Monday.

Samantha Moran was approved as a volunteer on the ambulance service.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer on the service contact any member. Application forms are available at the office of the city clerk in the Tama Civic Center, 305 Siegel.



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