Prairie Post (East Edition)
EMS receives funding for 100 paramedic positions
New funding to help stabilize staffing as high EMS call volume continues Alberta Health Services (AHS) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received budget approval for temporary funding to help stabilize EMS staffing over the coming months, as part of a plan to manage continued high EMS call volumes.
“This funding will help stabilize EMS staffing levels and ensure that we are able to respond to Albertans and also take care of our staff,” says Dr. Verna
Yiu, AHS President and CEO.
In total, 100 positions will be funded by AHS at a cost of approximately $8.3 million. EMS will transition 70 casual positions to temporary fulltime positions. EMS has also received additional funding to continue with approximately 30 full time positions in Calgary and Edmonton that had been hired temporarily in 2019. A Workforce Planning Task Force, including representatives from all Zones, has been established to ensure the filling of all positions is completed quickly.