Daviess County Fiscal Court approved a policy change Thursday to provide reimbursement for 80% of paramedic training costs for the Daviess County Fire Department.
The policy does come with a caveat, in that those who receive the training and leave their positions within 12, 24 or 36 months will be required to pay back the portion of costs covered by Fiscal Court.
Judge-Executive Al Mattingly noted that the DCFD already has a higher-than-normal number of paramedics, and that it was the only program in Kentucky that had advanced life support services at both of its paid stations.
Still, the number of paramedics across the nation has remained lower than needed for quite some time — an issue that affects Daviess County as well.
“We’re hoping this will alleviate some of the issues we’ve been having with paramedics,” Mattingly said.