Rural Emergency Workers Wanted


 
 

Rick Ruggles | | Wednesday, September 24, 2008


AVOCA, Neb. -- Many in the rural Midlands count on emergency medical care from a work force that is paid nothing and in some cases is in danger of burnout.

Jeff Lowman was the last emergency medical technician here until late last spring. But he, too, decided to quit.

"I tried for a few months to run it, but I just don't have the time to do that alone," said the father of six. "One guy can't do it."

The ambulance in the town southwest of Plattsmouth now is locked in a garage. Avoca gets its EMS services from Weeping Water and other towns.

The era of relying almost solely on volunteer emergency medical technicians and paramedics in rural areas is gradually coming to an end.

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