Bay County EMS in need of more workers

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's been more than a year since Hurricane Michael and many local employers are still looking for workers, including Bay County EMS.

It's been more than a year since Hurricane Michael and many local employers are still looking for workers including Bay County EMS. (WJHG/WECP)

"We had some issues as far as housing people trying to come in and become employees with Bay County. They were having a little bit of difficulty finding housing," said Lieutenant Jessica Lundeen with Bay County EMS.

Bay County EMS officials say there is a shortage of workers here in Bay County and it's happening across the country too.

Lundeen said workflow has stayed the same since the storm. They average about 100 calls per day. She said their employees have stepped up and worked longer and extra shifts to make sure they don't fall behind.

"We have a lot of good people that are willing to come in. It takes a special person to come in and do first responder work. We also have a private service in the area that picks up some 911 calls,” said Lundeen.

Lundeen said finding help is getting better as the area recovers from the storm. She said they just hired four more people to their staff.

"We had a few employees that ended up having to leave after the storm but now that housing is better in the community we have a lot of people coming in from outside of the state, outside of the community coming here to look for positions,” said Lundeen.

Lundeen said they've also lowered their age requirements from 21 and older to 18 and up which allows them to recruit from Gulf Coast State College.

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