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Public safety recommends short-term solutions for EMS

The City of Hudson is looking at short-term and long-term solutions to improve St. Croix EMS now that the service is officially staying with the city. File photo.

With St. Croix EMS staying in public operation, the city is now looking at how to improve the service. The Hudson Public Safety committee met Thursday, Aug. 18 to move forward on the topic.

Currently, EMS is having trouble filling some shifts, working at critical staffing levels where it is unable to do interfacility transfers. The service is also looking at how to increase staff retention after losing two paramedics.

To combat this, the committee approved recommending increasing stipends and adding shift differentials.

Morrissette told EMS Chief Brandon Lyksett that he wants to see staff filling shifts.

"We rallied everybody but now it's time to put the rubber to the road and fill these shifts," he said.

Joyce Hall said the EMS Commission wants to look at a short-term solution for issues like these through the end of 2017 before turning its attention to the long-term plan for EMS funding.

Randy Morrissette said to draw paramedics and keep the service functioning at a high level, the city needs to keep moving forward on the long-term goals. He said the city should dictate that emphasis to the EMS commission.

Morrissette said these motions were a good start, but the city couldn't let up.

"We need to figure this out or we're going to lose our service," he said.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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