Paid Paramedics Coming to Calvert County

February 7, 2018

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted last week to begin a phased-in approach to hiring paramedics to supplement the staff of Calvert County’s all-volunteer Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams. The board also approved the initial hiring of an EMS supervisor in Fiscal Year 2019 to oversee the new positions and related requirements.

The unanimous decision was in response to a request for help from a committee of chiefs from each volunteer fire, rescue and EMS station in Calvert County who face increasing demands for advanced life support services, medical calls and patient transport. The committee cited a measurable increase in the number of calls for service; a rapid response challenge for the current ALS unit – located in Prince Frederick – to respond to the north and south areas of Calvert County; and the increasingly advanced training requirements for volunteer paramedics as the basis of their request. The Calvert County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council also endorsed the action.

“Calvert County has appreciated a long-standing tradition of high-quality emergency medical services utilizing a 100 percent all-volunteer service,” said Commissioner President Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr. “Regrettably, various factors have identified the need to provide supplemental career staffing to improve response times for advanced life support and paramedics countywide. An integrated services model where both volunteer and career personnel provide services will enhance the health, safety and general welfare of our citizens.”

Calvert County has 52 ALS volunteers who serve Calvert County residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new paid paramedics will work with, and assist the vitality of, the ALS volunteer unit from three locations: one each in the north, central and south areas of the county.

“I knew this day was coming,” said Commissioner Pat Nutter. “We’re not 15,000 folks in this county anymore, we’re 92,000 citizens.”

When hired, the new EMS supervisor will work eight hours a day, five days a week and will be responsible for overseeing an ALS field supervisor in a chase car who will assist three paramedic ambulances each staffed with a paramedic and an Emergency Medical Technician.

This mission of the Department of Public Safety is to proactively ensure the safety of the county residents and visitors to the county by planning, training, equipping and preparing staff to mitigate emergencies that require 911 calls, Emergency Operations Center activations, Fire / Rescue / EMS and law enforcement responses, false alarms and hazardous releases. Learn more about the Department of Public Safety Fire, Rescue and EMS Division online.

18 Responses to Paid Paramedics Coming to Calvert County

  1. Anonymous on February 7, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Why does the Ridge VFD allow someone to drive the SUV to work (on Base)?

    • FreeStuff4Vollys on February 7, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Because gas is expensive and he doesn’t want to pay for it. It’s one of the perks of being a volunteer fire/Ems member. Free vehicles for your personal use. Become a volunteer today!

    • Sparky on February 7, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Did you call them and ask them? You ask here?

    • Roger on February 7, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Good question. The volunteer fire departments are not what they used to be. The fire tax has incentivized the departments to spend money on replacement equipment that is still serviceable.

    • Responder on February 8, 2018 at 9:06 am

      That subject which does this very few times is an incident commander and runs calls from his workplace on base (using his vacation time). Staffing is low during the day and this is one way to get to the scene with a more timely response. Please do not criticize, join up and help the county out.

      • Sparky on February 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

        Is this the same as the ticks taking a fire truck to the Wawa at 3am?

        • ProudVolly on February 9, 2018 at 11:58 am

          Like paidmen don’t do it? At least the crew is ready to respond to an emergency, while you are sleeping with visions of sugarplums, dancing in your head. STFU and pick up a nozzle or an aidbag!

          • Sparky on February 10, 2018 at 8:29 am

            Just because “paidmen” do it doesn’t make it right. Ready to respond to an emergency? In flip flops, shorts and T shirts? Yeah, ok.

      • Robert Mattingly on February 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

        Wow! He sounds important. Maybe he should just quit his job and be the incident commander full time, then he would be REALLY important. Decoys, they look real, but they’re not!

  2. Anonymous on February 7, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    How much are our taxes going up?

  3. UGetWhatUPay4 on February 9, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Don’t bring that paid nonsense to St Mary’s! We are proud to fail, or get out late on calls, everyday. Don’t you dare try to take over our hobby! Having fun at the taxpayers expense.

  4. kimberly on February 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    These people volunteer their time away from home and family to help save life’s and you people are going to give them a hard time for going to Wawa in a work truck? Really I don’t think it cost that much of tax payers money..

    • Malcolm X on February 12, 2018 at 9:40 am

      What do you mean by “these people?” Racist.

  5. Am one on February 14, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    St. Mary’s County has had contract Paramedics for sometime now. They run both days and nights. The volunteer medics augment the schedule.

    • TaxpayersDeserveBetter on February 14, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Low bid semi pro medics and volunteers. What a joke!

      • Am one on February 15, 2018 at 8:07 am

        FYI, most, if not all of the ” low Bid, semi-pro medics” are full time paid medics in other jurisdictions. They work the contract job to supplement their income As far as the volunteers, may I suggest instead of calling 911, you drive yourself or a loved one to the ED? No sense dealing with one of us joke volunteer medics or EMTs…

        • TaxpayersDeserveBetter on February 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm

          So, the semi pros are basically SCABS, keeping the county from hiring full time employees! Nice. Obviously you can’t get hired as a paid medic, so you are upset about the truth. Don’t plan on dealing with clowns like you either. You should work on getting a career, not a hobby.

          • Am one on February 16, 2018 at 3:12 pm

            Scabs? Those are folks that cross a union picket line during a strike. If the county leadership wanted to hire full time EMS and Fire ,they would. They have not attempted to, due to the cost to the county
            Me? I have a full time job that pays well. It is a career, on top of the one I completed in the military. As far as being upset, I’m not in the least. You however, obviously are, as well as very entertaining.