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$20,000 Signing Bonus, $25 Per Hour Pay Not Enough to Attract Single Applicant

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Cumberland Goodwill EMS (PA) hang up a help wanted sign, but no one answered.

Assistant Chief Nathan Harig tells ABC 27 they’re seeing a shortage of paramedics and are trying to hire a paramedic for an open position. One problem: not one person applied despite the agency offering a $20,000 signing bonus and $25 per hour pay.

“We’re doing everything we can to try to motivate people to come on in but it’s just not working,” Harig told the station.

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Harig said state lawmakers can step up to help.

“Support providers going out and getting more education, which means more funding from the government,” Harig said. “It means passing bills that allow us to get reimbursed for services instead of allowing an insurance company [getting] to decide where the money goes. It means being able to recognize that your EMS workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are saving you during COVID-19 so you really need to make sure you’re funding them with hazard pay.”

Cumberland Goodwill EMS is just one of just six nationally accredited services in Pennsylvania.