Shortage of ambulance personnel seen in Stanislaus County

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Stanislaus County, like much of the nation, is experiencing a shortage of emergency medical technicians and paramedics to staff ambulances.

The issue was brought to light during a Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday when Supervisor Buck Condit commented that he has been hearing from county residents of some delayed response times.

Modesto's American Medical Response Regional Director Cindy Woolston, who happened to be at the meeting, said ambulance companies across the country are dealing with staff shortages brought about because of COVID-19. The shortage was primarily caused by dramatic drops in academies training paramedics during the height of the pandemic. Woolsten said there had been a decrease in at least 50 percent in the number of academies, meaning there are far fewer individuals trained for the open positions.

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