Washington Considers Upgrading EMT's To Paramedics

A proposal is being discussed to determine if money should be spent to upgrade training for medical technicians in one city in the east.

Washington City Council is meeting Tuesday night to talk about the costs of training all their EMT's to become paramedics.

The difference is the level of care they can provide to a patient. Currently there are EMT-Intermediates who can do a limited amount of medical services, which is the reason the council is looking to change that.

"I've been an EMT for 20 years. I moved up to the intermediate level. I look for the day for when Washington would go paramedic and now I'm here to witness that day," says William Pitt, a councilman and an EMT. "At some point I will make the transition myself. It's a very important skill to have and it's important our citizens get the best possible medical care."

The council will also have to take into consideration the increase in salary for these workers as well. They say they paramedics earn roughly 5% more than EMT's.

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