Rutherford County EMS moves to 24/72 shifts

Jul 20, 2021 at 07:00 am by Voice Wire

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services (RCEMS) recently made the decision to change to 24 hours on and 72 hours off shifts for Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTS) and Paramedics.

The change is expected to take effect in mid-September.

“We saw an opportunity to step out as one of the first EMS department’s in the country to move to this shift with the main goal of providing our employees ample time between shifts to decompress,” said RCEMS Director Carl Hudgens.  

“EMS is not a regular 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and never has been, but the previous 24-hour on/48-hour off shifts were not allowing our personnel to effectively balance their work/life responsibilities and time,” said Hudgens. “At RCEMS, our employees and their families are extremely important to us and we want to make sure we’re taking care of our own so that they can be who they need to be when it’s time to go home each day.”

County Commissioners voted to move to the shift change effective July 1. Mayor Bill Ketron’s request to give employees a 4 percent pay increase was also approved. RCEMS employees, if eligible, could receive up to a 5.75 percent pay increase.

“We have some of the best first responders in the state of Tennessee,” said Mayor Ketron, “I happen to think some of the best in the country! We want to ensure that we are providing them with benefits that positively impact their careers and families respectively.”

“We are certainly thankful for Mayor Ketron and our County Commissioners and their support of all public safety personnel,” added Hudgens. “We are also grateful to our Public Safety Committee, chaired by Commissioner Pettus Read, for the assistance in developing our plan.”

With EMS departments all across the country experiencing a shortage of personnel and qualified or even interested applicants, Director Hudgens and RCEMS staff are hoping that this new change, along with the long list of additional benefits, will draw a diverse group of qualified candidates to serve Rutherford County.

“In addition to the upcoming shift change, we provide our personnel with excellent benefits including insurance and retirement, adequate personal time off, and multiple opportunities for advancement,” commented Hudgens. “There are other future progressive changes in the works as well.”

The department recently issued a recruitment video in an effort to attract new candidates as well. View here:

There are several AEMT and Paramedic position openings. To find out more, visit:

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They were known as 'rough rides' in the Baltimore Police Department. Remember Freddie Gray's death. Should they be called 'long rides' here in Rutherford County? Jose Ramos Mendoza, the inmate that died, why wasn't he transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital just 3.3 miles away? TriStar Skyline Medical Center, north of Nashville, was 38.6 miles away. Could it be that the criminals running the Sheriff's Office didn't want the inmate to survive and tell what actually happened during fight. We'll never know now. I've seen this before. Elmer Isrrael Raymos, Kittrell Shooting, an immigrant shot to death by RCSO deputies. It was Trey Nunley's statement that justified the shooting. I can prove in court that Nunley has no credibility. It would have to be a federal court though, as the 16th Judicial District, run by good 'ol boy Jennings Jones, is participating RCSO cover-ups. Another question: Does the medical transport vehicle have a blackbox or GPS tracking? Maybe data stored during the 'long ride' to TriStar would reveal a deliberate effort to further delay arrival to the emergency room by driving slowly. Was it a Rutherford County EMS ambulance that transported the critical inmate to north Nashville?
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