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Friday, February 5, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council devises short-term fix for EMS staffing

The union representing Austin emergency medical service workers won a partial victory last week when City Council voted to approve three new positions for the EMS call center. Three entry-level employees will be added to the center, and the department…

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 by Jack Craver

Council delays decision on EMS staffing issues

City Council heard two competing narratives over a staffing shortage in the City of Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services communications and dispatch section of its discussion last week, as department management urged Council to approve an ordinance that would eliminate…

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Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City may shorten ambulance provider workweeks

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services ambulance providers are under a lot of strain as they try to keep up with population growth and an increasing number of special events, but a new proposal could reduce some of that pressure. On…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Momentum slows on Austin/Travis County EMS bill

A bill that supporters say would bring more transparency to the way Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services workers are decredentialed has slowed after some unanticipated momentum. Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services Association President Tony Marquardt has been trying to reform…

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Monday, April 27, 2015 by Kim Hilsenbeck

Hays to ask voters to OK new funds for ESD2 growth

Is it time for northeastern Hays County residents to start paying the full price for emergency medical services? Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby hopes voters will think so come May 9 when they have a chance to make a difference…

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Monday, February 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Decredentialing process gets public safety spotlight

Last week, the Public Safety Commission examined the continued tension between the city’s medical director and the Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services Association over decredentialing. Medical Director for Austin/Travis County EMS Dr. Paul Hinchey spoke to commissioners about the de-accreditation…

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Gene Davis

Suicides highlight rift between EMS staff, managers

A second suicide by an Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services first responder within the past seven months has heightened visible tensions between the department’s leadership and its employees. And while multiple EMS first responders took to Facebook earlier this month…

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