DAILYKENN.com --Every time a violent crime is committed, medical assistance is required. It often begins with paramedics.
It's a cost of crime that is usually overlooked.
Officials in St. Louis are unable to hire enough paramedics to keep up with the city's violent crime injuries. What's more, paramedics are prone to resign due to stress. Particularly weighing heavy is the psychological trauma due to injuries inflicted on young children.
47.61 percent of St. Louis is black. The black population is concentrated in the northern part of the city. The area north of Delmar is 94 percent black. St. Louis is controlled by Democrats.
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St. Louis Fire Department Chief Dennis Jenkerson said his department is about 20 paramedics short and he’s having trouble hiring more.
He added that the severe trauma paramedics are being exposed to on the job in St. Louis City is causing people to quit faster than he can fill their spots.
“You want to be able to show you have the skills, you have the experience to make a difference and you can’t keep going to scenes and not be able to make a difference,” said Jenkerson.
Jenkerson said some of the trauma paramedics have seen with small children has taken a toll over time.
He said they’ve been trying to hire paramedics the last couple of weeks, but they are basically to the point where there are no more names on the applicant list.
“I’m hurting for medics right now,” Jenkerson said.
He said an average crew is running on 12 to 15 calls during their 12-hour shift. He said a possible solution is to add more units which would spread the work load, but he needs people to fill those jobs.
“I run 12 full-time ambulances now, but if I can’t get the applicants, I can’t move up to 14, or 16, 18 units on a full-time basis. It doesn’t happen,” Jenkerson said.
He also added that the city could possibly look at the way it hires paramedics, including considering a way to merge firefighter and EMS roles.
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