January 2018 Measure Z Quarterly Report

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The fulltime EMT hired by Southern Trinity Area Rescue for weekend relief through the use of Measure Z funds has been covering 40 hours a week since the first week of October 2017. While still experiencing critically low volunteer staffing numbers, do to this position we have been able to continue to staff the ambulance full time and provide Emergency Medical Care to the communities in Eastern Humboldt and Southern Trinity counties.

The volunteers of STAR have expressed relief and gratefulness along with renewed excitement about what they do for STAR due to having this weekend relief to give them time with their families. The community, as well as people passing through, continues to be grateful to have an ambulance service that otherwise they would not have in such a remote area.

An added positive affect of hiring our weekend EMT, funded by Measure Z, is the wonderful initiative they have taken to improve and maintain STAR equipment. Previously we had very little staff to maintain weekly inventories and checks. Although these tasks were done in the past it was an extra burden to already overworked volunteers. Our new paid EMT not only has taken on these tasks but is going above and beyond in improving STAR operations.